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Southwell man, 21, jailed for one-punch killing in Nottingham

A 21-year-old Nottinghamshire man has been jailed after he admitted killing another man with a single punch to the head.

Robert Holland, 36, from Sidcup, in Kent, died after a fight in Lower Parliament Street on 28 October 2011.

Liam Rockley, of Lower Kirklington Road, Southwell, pleaded guilty to manslaughter at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday.

He was sentenced to three-and-a-half-years in prison.

A post-mortem examination showed Mr Holland died as a result of injuries from a single punch.

'Completely devastated'

Det Ch Insp Kate Meynell of Nottinghamshire Police said: "Robert Holland's death is a stark illustration of how a single punch can have such devastating consequences.

"Nottinghamshire Police very recently launched a campaign to highlight the damage that throwing a punch can cause. As has been proven here, it can ultimately cost a life," she said.

"Rockley had experience of cage fighting and clearly knew he was capable of delivering a blow that would cause his victim injury," she added.

Mr Holland's family issued the following statement: "Robert was a wonderful husband, son, brother and uncle.

"Liam Rockley has with one punch on that fateful morning completely devastated and destroyed an entire family."

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