Shaun Barnes jailed for Camden hostel 'coat row' killing

A homeless man has been jailed at the Old Bailey for killing a man he mistakenly thought had stolen his coat.

Shaun Barnes, 45, was jailed for two years and 10 months for the manslaughter of Brian Kyle, 47, who died from a single blow to the head.

The body of Mr Kyle was found inside Parker House Hostel, in Camden - where the two men were residents - on 21 May.

A post-mortem examination found the cause of his death was a bleed on the brain.

'Cloud of alcoholism'

Judge Gerald Gordon said he believed he was "dealing with two entirely different people" - a reference to Barnes's behaviour while sober and drunk.

He told Barnes he believed that "particularly when drinking, you are a dangerous offender".

Barnes had returned to the hostel after a day of heavy drinking to find his coat missing from his bedroom before joining fellow residents in the canteen, the court heard

He confused Mr Kyle for the person he thought had stolen his coat, a garment which contained all of his important belongings.

Barnes threw two chairs in his direction before punching him in the head.

Benjamin Squirrell, mitigating, said Barnes had a "cloud of alcoholism constantly on his horizon", but he was "not a lost cause".

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