Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Dead sailor's mother campaigns against drunken violence

Engineering Technician (Marine Engineering) Kyle Bartlett
Image caption Kyle Bartlett was a marine engineer technician on board HMS Liverpool

The mother of a sailor who died after being punched while on a night out in Portsmouth has helped start a campaign against alcohol-fuelled violence.

Kyle Bartlett, 21, of Bordon, Hampshire, was injured in a fight at the city's Walkabout Bar in May 2009.

Ann Bartlett agreed to switch off her son's life support machine the next day when tests showed he was brain dead.

Ms Bartlett hopes a new campaign called One Punch Can Kill will encourage young people to drink responsibly.

Mr Bartlett was a marine engineer technician on board HMS Liverpool.

The ship had been undergoing a refit at Portsmouth Naval Base at the time he was injured in the pub brawl on 5 May 2009.

Royal Marine Ben Scott, 22, of Portsmouth, was tried for manslaughter but cleared by a jury last year.

Mock crime scenes

Ms Bartlett said: "I don't want people to stop drinking completely but people need to realise that drinking excessively and punching someone just once can ruin their life as well as ending someone else's.

"The worst thing I have ever had to do in my life is turn off my son's life support machine and wait for his heart to stop beating.

"He had so much to live for, it's just such a waste."

The campaign is run by the council's Safer Portsmouth Partnership and 80 bars, clubs and pubs are taking part.

Posters showing what alcohol-fuelled violence can lead to will be displayed in pubs, clubs and bars supporting the campaign across the city.

"Mock crime scenes" will also be on show in key entertainment areas each Saturday night during May and a series of events and talks will be held in schools and colleges.

Ch Insp Dave Humphries, of Hampshire police, who are also backing the campaign, said: "I don't think anyone ever leaves home on a Friday or Saturday night with the intention of killing someone.

"But if you get into a fight after a few drinks and throw a punch which ends up seriously wounding or killing someone else, could you live with yourself?

"Not only would you be living with that on your conscience, you could also be facing murder or manslaughter charges and having to go through the ordeal of a court case."

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