Man jailed for the manslaughter of father of two

24/11/2015

A 34-year-old man who killed a father of two during a night out in Kidderminster has today pleaded guilty to manslaughter and sentenced to six years and three months imprisonment.

Worcester Crown Court heard that on 11 October 2014, Michael Davis was out on a night out in Kidderminster town centre when he came across the victim, Anthony Jordan.

They both got into a verbal argument which led to them fighting each other.

Mr Jordan walked away from the initial fight, but the defendant followed him and punched him to the head causing the victim to fall to the ground.

The emergency services were called to the scene of the attack and where they found Mr Jordan lying on the floor unconscious. He was taken to hospital and due to an aneurism on the brain he was put into a medically induced coma.

The defendant was located in a nearby nightclub where he was arrested and initially charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm.

On 24 February 2015, Mr Jordan passed away.

Following the receipt of medical evidence, the case was further reviewed and Mr Davis was charged with manslaughter.

Emily Lenham, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service said:

"On the evening of 11 October 2014, Anthony Jordan went out to enjoy a few drinks with a friend. During that night he encountered the defendant, who had also been drinking. Following a short verbal disagreement a fight ensued in the street during which both men exchanged blows.

"After the brief altercation, Mr Jordan made the decision to walk away from the defendant and made it clear that he wanted to be left alone but Mr Davis followed him and punched him to the head a number of times causing him to sustain a brain injury from which he would never recover. Sadly, as a result of his injuries, Mr Jordan died four months later.

"By entering a guilty plea to the offence of manslaughter today Mr Davis has accepted that his actions went beyond the scope of lawful self-defence."

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