Man pleads guilty to one-punch manslaughter
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A 19-year-old man has today, Friday, July 12, pleaded guilty to manslaughter at Northampton Crown Court.
Arthur Billings, 19, of Harpole, pleaded guilty to punching 24-year-old Bradley Matcham next to an alleyway in The Drapery, Northampton, in the early hours of Saturday, February 9, following a heated exchange of words.
Bradley, who had never met Billings before, fell to the floor unconscious and was taken to hospital where he died nine days later on Monday, February 18.
DC Spencer Bailey from Northamptonshire Police’s Major Crime Team, said: “This is an extremely tragic case in which a young man has lost his life as the result of one punch.
“Bradley had his whole life ahead of him – he was a bright, popular and kind young man who was simply trying to enjoy a night out on the day he was killed.
“Bradley did not provoke this punch or threaten Billings in any way. In fact, his hands were in his pockets and his head was turned away at the moment he was punched, giving him no opportunity to defend himself.
“I’m glad that Billings pleaded guilty today so Bradley’s family do not have to go through the trauma of a trial and I hope this case serves as a lesson to others that one punch can have catastrophic and devastating consequences.”
Billings was bailed by the court until sentencing which will take place at Northampton Crown Court on Monday, September 9.