Man jailed for five years for one-punch manslaughter in Grimsby


Nathan Newland was jailed for five years at Hull Crown Court today, after pleading guilty to the manslaughter of Darren Barton outside the Rutland Arms, Grimsby on 2 August 2014.

Jeremy Evans, Crown Advocate, CPS Yorkshire and Humberside said:

"This was a vicious and unprovoked attack on the victim.  Nathan Newland delivered a single punch to Mr Barton who fell backwards onto concrete, hitting his head with such force as to cause a catastrophic, irrecoverable brain injury.  This case is a tragic reminder that a single punch can kill.

"The defendant made no attempt to alert anyone present to the fact that the victim had fallen onto concrete and hit his head, meaning that the true severity of Mr Bartons injury went at first undetected, and paramedical assistance was not immediately summoned.

"More chilling still is the fact that this is not the first time the defendant has committed an unprovoked act of violence; in 2011, he committed a very similar unprovoked attack, leaving his victim unconscious and unattended.  Fortunately in that case, the results were not fatal.  But Newland chose to learn no lessons from this incident, and he went on to offend again, this time with tragic consequences.

"That single punch has left a permanent void in the lives of Mr Bartons family. Our thoughts remain with  them, and we hope that the sentence handed down today offers a small amount of comfort."