Tyne & Wear

Single punch killer Sean Sillet jailed for killing Kenneth Brough

Kenneth Brough Image copyright Northumbria Police
Image caption Victim Kenneth Brough was described in court as placid and kind

A 21-year-old man has been jailed for killing a man with one punch outside a Newcastle pub in a dispute over a pint.

Sean Sillet was refused a drink in the Beehive and took a pint belonging to a friend of his victim Kenneth Brough, the city's crown court heard.

A row broke out and Sillet attacked the 65-year-old, fracturing his skull. He died a week later.

Sillet of Hadston, Northumberland, admitted manslaughter and was jailed for five years and three months.

The attack happened outside the Bigg Market pub on 28 January.

Intended to injure

The court was shown CCTV footage of Sillet approaching the bar where Mr Brough and his friends were drinking.

Image copyright Northumbria Police
Image caption Sean Sillet was intent on violence, the court was told

He then took a pint from the bar and challenged Mr Brough's group to a fight. Sillet left and waited outside for the group, where a fracas broke out.

In the footage Mr Brough is seen pushing Sillet, who reacts by punching him, knocking him unconscious as he cracked his head on the pavement.

Mr Brough, of Sycamore, Street, Lemington, spent a week in a coma and died on February 7.

The judge said he was a kind, placid man. He told Sillet he had been intent on violence and intended to injure when he punched.

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