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Charlie McBride gets three years for Richard Collier killing

Charlie McBride
Image caption Charlie McBride admitted manslaughter

A teenager who killed a 25-year-old man in an attack outside a Kent nightclub has been sentenced to three years in a young offenders institution.

Charlie McBride, 19, of Brighton Road, Sutton, south London, punched Richard Collier to the ground with a single blow, Maidstone Crown Court heard.

The court was told the attack, outside the Kabuki bar in Margate on 25 June, was completely unprovoked.

Mr Collier died from injuries to his head when he hit the pavement.

McBride pleaded guilty to manslaughter at a hearing on 26 September.

'Cowardly and reckless'

Police said Mr Collier had been on a night out with friends in Margate and was talking to a friend outside the bar in Marine Parade.

McBride approached him from behind and punched him on the left side of his face.

Image caption Richard Collier never regained consciousness and died in hospital the day after the attack

Mr Collier, of Wellington Crescent, Ramsgate, immediately fell to the ground, hitting his head on the kerb.

He was taken to the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital with multiple fractures to his skull and brain haemorrhaging.

He never regained consciousness and died the next day.

Speaking after the case, Det Insp Chris Carter said: "This was a cowardly and reckless act which ultimately caused the unnecessary death of a young man with everything to live for.

"What is particularly sad is that we still do not know what the motivation was behind that fatal blow."

McBride will be released on licence to serve the second half of his sentence.

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