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Teenager Ryan Turner cleared of Kettering street killing

Barnwell Street in Kettering Image copyright Google
Image caption A brawl broke out in Barnwell Street in Kettering and Marc Sturgess was fatally injured

A teenager has been cleared of killing a man in a street fight in Northamptonshire.

Judge Rupert Mayo at Northampton Crown Court ruled there was not enough evidence to prosecute Ryan Turner, 19.

Marc Sturgess, 41, died after being punched twice in a row on Barnwell Street in Kettering on 1 June 2013.

Mr Turner was accused of delivering the first blow that began a brawl. He denied manslaughter and claimed he acted in self defence.

Jake Freeland had already admitted manslaughter and being involved in punching Mr Sturgess.

He will be sentenced at a later date.

Mr Sturgess suffered head injuries and died on Monday 15 July after six weeks in hospital.

Six men, who all live in Kettering, were questioned at the time on suspicion of serious assault.

Mr Turner had admitted to police that he threw the first punch at Mr Sturgess on the night of the incident but said a second punch, delivered by Freeland, was much harder.

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