Lincolnshire

'Single punch' killed Martins Lipsis in Christmas drugs row

A man died on Christmas Day after being hit by a single punch thrown during a row over drugs, a jury has heard.

Guntars Gansons, of Pennygate, Spalding, Lincolnshire, is accused of causing Martins Lipsis's death by punching him in the town on 23 December.

It is alleged Mr Gansons, a Latvian national, struck Mr Lipsis with a single blow during a moment of anger.

Mr Gansons denies a charge of manslaughter.

Lincoln Crown Court heard Mr Lipsis died two days after the punch, having suffered bleeding on his brain.

Prosecutor Sarah Gaunt told the jury: "The consequences of that punch were devastating. Martins Lipsis, who was then 21, died as a result.

"The defendant was acting in anger when he struck the deceased."

Miss Gaunt told the jury they would have to consider if he was the aggressor, or if he was acting in self defence.

"He could have just walked away," she added.

The trial continues.

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