Wiltshire

Derek Gould jailed for two years for the manslaughter of Michael Walsh

Derek George Gould, 60, of Westwood Road in Corsham (left) Michael Walsh, 57, (right
Image caption Derek George Gould (left) admitted killing Michael Walsh at an earlier hearing

A man has been jailed for two years after admitting the manslaughter of a man who was critically injured at a community centre in Wiltshire.

At his Bristol Crown Court trial Derek George Gould, 61, of Westwood Road in Corsham, admitted killing Michael Walsh.

Mr Walsh, 57, was found unconscious at Rudloe community centre in March 2011.

He was airlifted to Frenchay hospital, near Bristol, with head injuries but died a short time later.

Speaking after the trial, Det Insp Guy Turner, from Wiltshire Police, said Wednesday's verdict reinforced how easy it was for any violence to lead to the death of someone and the "serious and tragic implications" that can follow.

"Our first thoughts and sympathies are with the family of Michael Walsh and we hope that [the] result will help to bring them some closure and give them some peace of mind that justice has been done," he added.

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