Hereford & Worcester

Teenager jailed for manslaughter of Redditch man

Nigel Shakespeare Image copyright West Mercia Police
Image caption Nigel Shakespeare, 50, died in hospital from serious head injuries

A teenager has been jailed for the manslaughter of a Worcestershire man.

Nigel Shakespeare, 50, died after being attacked while walking home from the Kings Arms pub in Redditch in February 2013.

A 17-year-old boy, who cannot be identified, was jailed for four years at Worcester Crown Court on Monday.

Eighteen-year-old Adam Haylor, of Bushley Close, Redditch, was sentenced to 30 months in custody for assaulting Mr Shakespeare.

Haylor was cleared of manslaughter following a trial in January. Both had denied all the charges.

"Tragic waste"

A statement from Mr Shakespeare's family described him as "well loved".

"His death has come as a shock and has devastated not only all of us but a lot of others as well, including his many friends. It's something we will never recover from.

"We are grateful to the police for their work and the support they have given us and we are glad that justice has been done. However, nothing is going to bring Nigel back to us - what happened is a tragic waste of a human life."

Det Sgt Adam Hartwright of West Mercia Police said the victim had died in an "unprovoked attack".

"This case illustrates how an incident which starts out as drink-fuelled anti social behaviour can quickly escalate into something more serious.

"The aggression displayed by the young men who were convicted, part of which may have been bravado in front of each other, has had tragic consequences which they - and their victim's partner, family and friends - will have to live with for the rest of their lives."

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