Tees

Aaron Hayes guilty of Middlesbrough pub attack death

Spencer Freeman
Image caption Spencer Freeman died from a head injury

A man has been found guilty of the manslaughter of a father-of-two who was attacked outside a Middlesbrough pub.

Spencer Freeman, 42, was attacked outside the Grenadier pub, in Trimdon Avenue, in April and died later in hospital.

Aaron Hayes, 20, of Topcliffe Road, Thornaby, had denied manslaughter but was found guilty at Teesside Crown Court.

He is due to be sentenced on 23 November.

A post-mortem examination found Mr Freeman died of a head injury.

Det Ch Insp Jon Green, of Cleveland Police, said: "Although the conviction of Hayes will, I hope, offer some small comfort to the family of Spencer Freeman, it will never begin to repair the loss they feel following his tragic death on 10 April this year.

"This has been a traumatic and harrowing case for all involved. One man has sadly and prematurely lost his life and left a family in a state of shock.

"Another, the man responsible for his death, now has to live with the consequences of his actions that night.

"I would like to publicly thank the Freeman family for their humility and patience during this investigation."

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