Tributes to man who died after attack in Sittingbourne

Adrian Milner with his partner Gemma Stuttard and her daughter Molly
Image caption Adrian Milner died 12 days after receiving head injuries in the attack on 28 December

The family of a man who died following an attack in Kent have described him as a larger-than-life character.

Adrian Milner, 48, died in a London hospital on Sunday from head injuries received on 28 December in the attack in the Murston area of Sittingbourne.

The lorry driver was punched in the face by a man as he walked home with a friend near the Co-op in Church Road.

His brother Duncan said he was "very popular with a big personality" and his death had left the family devastated.

"The last few days have been a roller-coaster of emotions, from shock and heartbreak to anger," he said.

He added that his brother was well-known in Sittingbourne and "no-one had a bad word to say about him".

Mr Milner, known as Ada, grew up in Sittingbourne, and had two sons from an earlier marriage.

Jason and Joshua Milner said: "The void left by him can never be filled."

'Infectious laugh'

Mr Milner lived with his partner Gemma Stuttard and her daughter Molly in Sittingbourne.

Ms Stuttard said: "What I will miss most about Ada are his blue eyes and his infectious laugh."

On Tuesday, exactly two weeks after the attack, officers from Kent Police spoke to residents and passers-by, giving out 450 fliers asking for information.

Det Insp Lee Whitehead said Mr Milner and his friend Michael Coomber had been for a drink in the New Inn and were walking home along Church Road when a third man punched Mr Milner in the face, in what was believed to have been an unprovoked attack.

"This single blow caused Mr Milner to fall to the floor and hit the back of his head. He died from his injuries 12 days later."

The attacker is described as white, about 30 years old, of stocky build with brown shoulder-length hair.

He was wearing a dark jacket and carrying a white shopping bag. He may have been wearing a hat.

Two men aged 30 and 35 from Sittingbourne, arrested in connection with the investigation, were bailed until 28 January.

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