No5 Barristers in Kidderminster manslaughter case

Tue, 01 Dec 2015

A man from Kidderminster who caused the death of a man in a drunken late night fight in a town centre has been jailed for six years and three months.

Michael Davis, 34, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of 29 year old Anthony Jordan who died from a brain haemorrhage, Worcester Crown Court heard.

Michael Burrows QC, prosecuting, told the court that Mr Jordan was out drinking with a friend and Davis and his partner Sarah Davies had been to a wedding and had also been drinking. Miss Davies stumbled and Davis reacted when he heard someone make the comments “nice legs”.

CCTV footage of the incident was shown in court and they were both involved with throwing punches. There was a further exchange of comments and Davis followed them, he hit Mr Jordan to the head and he fell to the floor.

Davis initially said he had been acting in self-defence. 

Antonie Muller, defending, said that the fight had been “drunken grappling” and witnesses said many of the blows did not land and that Davis was not looking for trouble.

Judge Robert Juckes QC, said it was clear from the reaction of Davis to the victim impact statement that he was genuinely remorseful. 

He said the injury that caused Mr Jordan's death was clearly caused by one of the blows. 

"The violence was unlawful from start to finish though the consequences were unintended and unexpected," he said.

To read the full article written by the Kidderminster Shuttle, please click here.

Please click here to view the profiles of Michael Burrows QC and Antonie Muller.

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