Tyne & Wear

Danyl Dryden admits Robert Littlefair manslaughter

Robert Littlefair and son Image copyright Northumbria Police
Image caption Robert Littlefair had a young son, called Bobby

A man has been jailed over the death of a party-goer on Tyneside.

At Newcastle Crown Court, Danyl Dryden pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Whitley Bay man Robert Littlefair in September 2014.

Image copyright Northumbria Police
Image caption Danyl Dryden admitted manslaughter

Mr Littlefair, 24, was punched at a property in Plessey Terrace, Heaton, Newcastle, and died later at the Royal Victoria Infirmary after suffering a bleed on the brain.

Dryden, also 24 and of no fixed abode, was sentenced to six years in prison.

In a statement, Mr Littlefair's family said: "The events of 6 September have had a devastating effect. We have all lost someone who was special to us in our own ways.

"Robert's memory will live on in his son, Bobby, and we will endeavour to help him understand the kind, loving and thoughtful person his dad was in life.

"Although we are pleased that the court process is over, no sentence will ever reflect the loss felt by our family."

Det Ch Insp Lisa Theaker, of Northumbria Police, said: "My thoughts have been with Robert's family throughout this investigation. It has been a difficult time and has had a devastating impact on their lives.

"Despite this they have remained dignified and I would like to thank them for their support and patience during the police investigation."

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