Man pleads guilty to one-punch manslaughter
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A 24-year-old man has today (Thursday, November 14) pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of 56-year-old Peter Roberts who died 18 months after a one-punch assault in Brafield-On-The-Green.
Sam Whittet, 24, of Knuston Spinney, Irchester, threw a completely unprovoked punch at Peter at Brafield-On-The-Green Working Men’s Club on December 10, 2016, causing him a fracture to the base of the skull and a bleed to the brain. Whitett was jailed for two years and eight months after pleading guilty to causing grievous bodily harm.
However Peter never recovered from the assault, spending 18 months in a coma before passing away on July 31, 2018. As a result, Whitett was rearrested for manslaughter to which he today pleaded guilty to.
Detective Sergeant Gavin Suttie, said: “There are no words to describe the anguish Peter’s family have been put through since that day in December three years ago and I am glad that Whitett pleaded guilty today so they are saved from the heartache of a trial.
“Peter was a caring man whose family thought the world of him and Whitett took him away from them with a single punch.
“This incident highlights how extreme the consequences can be from a single punch and I hope Whitett reflects on the devastation he has caused an entire family through completely mindless and avoidable actions.”
Statement from Peter’s family:
“After three long years and today’s guilty plea, we can finally begin to lay Peter to rest properly.
“All we have left are pictures and memories of Peter and that is the hardest part of it all. It’s hard to believe even to this day that he will never walk through the front door again.
“We truly hope that every day Sam Whittet wakes up, he realises how lucky he is to be able to live his life when he was the one responsible for taking Peter away from us.
“His actions have destroyed our lives and ruined things like Christmas, Father’s Days, and anniversaries.
“Peter will never be able to walk his daughter Emma down the aisle when she gets married, spend time with his grandchildren or enjoy his retirement with wife, Brenda.
“This case shows how one punch can end lives in so many ways – Peter is gone forever, we will never be the same again, and all we have left are visits to the graveyard.”
Whittet was bailed by the court and will be sentenced at Northampton Crown Court on Thursday, December 5.