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Thomas Gower death: Amateur boxer jailed for murder

Thomas Gower - victim
Image caption Thomas Gower died in hospital more than a week after being assaulted

An amateur boxer has been jailed for 16 years for the murder of a father-of-two he attacked outside a Sheffield bar.

Bradley Hinkler, 20, of Kilvington Road, Woodthorpe, was sentenced at the city's Crown Court for the murder of Thomas Gower, 26, of Gleadless Valley.

Mr Gower was attacked on 18 December outside the Alibi bar in Trippet Lane and died in hospital on Boxing Day.

Hinkler was also convicted of inflicting grievous bodily harm on a second man, Richard Howard.

The prosecution said Hinkler become involved in a disturbance outside the bar and attacked Mr Howard before chasing and punching Mr Gower, leaving him unconscious.

'Lesson to learn'

In a statement, Mr Gower's family said no sentence could bring him back and they hoped that young men would learn that violence could never solve disputes.

But demonstrating outside Sheffield Crown Court before his sentencing, Hinkler's supporters claimed the boxer had acted in self-defence.

Image caption Demonstrators outside Sheffield Crown Court said Bradley Hinkler had acted in self-defence

His uncle, Chris Smedley, said: "There are still people out there who were at that incident and who know the truth, but who have not come forward."

Det Supt Andy Thompson, from South Yorkshire Police, said there was a "lesson to learn" from the case.

He said: "Young men, particularly young men who are skilled in combatant sports, need to keep those skills inside the gym and not practise them out in the streets or else tragedy is likely to occur."

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