Attacker jailed for the manslaughter of John Mercer


A 43-year-old man has today been jailed at Birmingham Crown Court to 12 months imprisonment after he admitted the manslaughter of John Mercer, who was attacked in 2013 but subsequently died from his injuries last year.

The victim attended The Special Spices Public House in Great Barr on the evening of 22 September 2013. Also at the pub was Stephen Jolley.

The two men got into an argument inside the pub which spilt out onto the nearby road. The defendant punched the victim causing him to fall backwards and hit his head on the pavement and then fled the scene of the attack.

Paramedics were called and Mr Mercer was taken to the QE Hospital in Birmingham. The defendant was later identified and charged with wounding. In June 2015 he was found guilty at Wolverhampton Crown Court and sentenced to four years imprisonment.

The victim never regained consciousness and on 1 July 2016, as a result of complications caused by the injuries inflicted by Jolley, Mr Mercer passed away.

David Parsons, Senior Crown Prosecutor with West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:   

"Stephen Jolley has to now deal with the consequences of his actions, which resulted in Mr Mercer losing his life three years after he was attacked.

"An investigation was carried out on the cause of death and file forwarded to the Crown Prosecution Service. As a result of medical and police evidence provided, the decision was made that Mr Mercer was unlawfully killed. Jolley was charged with and later pleaded guilty to his manslaughter.

"Our thoughts are today with the family and friends of Mr Mercer."