Leeds & West Yorkshire

Anthony McDonnell admits killing postman Andrew Batten in 1995

Andrew Batten Image copyright West Yorkshire Police
Image caption Andrew Batten had gone out after finishing work and was still in his Royal Mail uniform when he was attacked

A man has admitted the manslaughter of a postman who died 20 years ago after being punched in the head.

Anthony John McDonnell, 45, of Whitebridge Avenue, Leeds, pleaded guilty at Leeds Crown Court.

Andrew Batten, 42, died in hospital after he was attacked at a taxi rank on Vicar Lane, Leeds, on 13 October 1995.

McDonnell was bailed until 7 January with Judge Tom Bayliss QC saying he should be under no illusions what the sentence will be.

Mr Batten, who lived in Beeston, had gone out after finishing work and was still wearing his Royal Mail uniform.

He was found on the pavement by an ambulance crew after an anonymous call and was taken to Leeds General Infirmary with a fractured skull. He died two days later.

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