Teenager sentenced for killing Darren Atkinson

Elliot Burns
Image caption Elliot Burns admitted killing Darren Atkinson in Burnley

A 17-year-old who killed a 48-year-old man in an attack in a Burnley street has been sentenced to three years in detention.

Elliot Burns, from Oakwood Close, Burnley, admitted the manslaughter of Darren Atkinson at a hearing in July.

Preston Crown Court heard how he punched Mr Atkinson, leaving him unconscious in a garden on Standen Hall Drive, Briercliffe, on 25 March.

He was taken to hospital but died 13 days later.

Burns's friend Luke Smith, 18, of Marsden Road, Burnley, was also charged with his manslaughter but was found not guilty at a trial in July.

Det Insp Mark Rothwell, from Lancashire Police's major investigation team, said: "This is a tragic case whereby Darren Atkinson was simply walking home when he was subjected to an unprovoked and vicious attack by Elliot Burns.

"This attack resulted in him being knocked to the floor and suffering fatal injuries as his head struck flagstones.

"Sadly this was another all too common incident whereby Mr Atkinson offered no violence whatsoever and a punch to his head caused him to fall backwards and suffer fatal injuries on contact with the floor.

"Our thoughts remain with Mr Atkinson's family and no sentence will ever be enough for the pain they have suffered due to the recklessness of this teenager."

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