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Man jailed for 'single punch' killing of Barnsley father-of-three

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Image caption Jason Derbyshire, 33, admitted killing David Bedford at a previous hearing at Sheffield Crown Court

A man has been jailed for almost five years after admitting killing a father-of-three with a "single punch".

Jason Derbyshire, 33, of Welland Court, Barnsley, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of 46-year-old Nicholas Bedford at a previous hearing.

Police said Derbyshire killed Mr Bedford in an unprovoked attack inside the Blue Room Bar in Barnsley on 2 November.

He was jailed for four years and 10 months at Sheffield Crown Court.

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Mr Bedford was found unconscious in the bar and later died in hospital.

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Image caption Nicholas Bedford died in hospital after being found unconscious

Det Ch Insp Dave Stopford said the case highlighted the need for people to seriously think about the "severe and life-changing" consequences of violent behaviour.

"Derbyshire's remorse and admission will not bring back Mr Bedford or take away the trauma, pain and suffering caused to his family," he said.

"This was a clear cut case where Derbyshire approached his victim from behind with absolutely no provocation and delivered what turned out to be a fatal blow.

"He was violent, calculated and reckless and as a result now faces a much-deserved jail sentence."

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