Former boxer jailed for manslaughter


A former boxer who attacked a man and beat him so severely that he died from his injuries has been sentenced at Wolverhampton Crown Court to eight years’ imprisonment.

Peter Nightingale, aged 43, was found guilty yesterday of the manslaughter of Darren Jones at the Greets Green Social Club in Great Bridge, in February this year.

Sean Kyne, Acting Sector Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said:

"The events of that evening tragically led to the death of Darren Jones who had simply gone out that day to socialise with a friend.

"During the attack the defendant punched Mr Jones to the face causing him to fall to the floor. He continued the attack repeatedly punching the victim to the head while he lay defenceless on the floor. Mr Jones never regained consciousness following the attack.

"Peter Nightingale, a trained fighter, knew the damage that he could inflict with his fists and yet he nevertheless decided to use them in a savage assault on the victim.

"The CPS has worked closely with the West Midlands Police from the very early stages of this investigation to ensure that the case was prosecuted as effectively as possible.

"We would like to take the opportunity to thank those witnesses who were prepared to give evidence in the trial. Without them the defendant would not have been brought to justice for this offence. We would hope that the conviction brings some comfort to Mr Jones's family."