Derby teenager sentenced for one-punch manslaughter
A Derby teenager has been sentenced to youth custody for manslaughter after he punched an older man, causing his death.
Omar Moumeche (18) from Derby killed 82-year-old Dennis Clarke in May 2021 with a single punch after he confronted him in the Eagle Market in the city centre. Moumeche was with friends, one of whom was walking up the down escalator at the centre’s exit when Mr Clarke confronted him. A security guard intervened and Moumeche and his friends were ejected from the centre.
Mr Clarke went on his way to the bus station, followed by Moumeche and his friends. At the bus station, there was a further confrontation, initiated by the three young people, during which Moumeche punched Mr Clarke causing him to fall to the floor. Mr Clarke fractured his skull in the fall and died nine days later as a result of his injuries.
Moumeche fled the bus station but was arrested within minutes. He was charged with manslaughter and found guilty by a jury at Derby Crown Court in July this year. He was today, 17 November, sentenced at the same court to two years' youth custody.
Andrew Baxter from the CPS said: “Dennis Clarke’s tragic death was the result of this young person’s intimidating and aggressive behaviour, refusing to back down and not knowing when to walk away. Mr Clarke was within his rights to challenge the behaviour and had then gone about his business, assuming that the incident was concluded.
"Moumeche chose to confront him at the bus station, behaving in an aggressive and intimidating way to a man in his 80s who posed no threat. He then threw a punch which led to the death of an elderly and innocent man, and a family grieving a much-loved family member and respected member of the community.
"I would like to offer everyone close to Dennis Clarke every sympathy for their loss.”
Building the case
To prosecute a case of manslaughter, the CPS must be satisfied that there is sufficient evidence that the victim’s death was caused by an unlawful act on the part of the defendant. In this instance, Omar Moumeche claimed that he had acted in self-defence. With a significant amount of public CCTV footage of the incident and events leading up to it, the CPS was able to present a case that showed that Moumeche had become aggressive towards Mr Clarke at the bus station.
The CPS also presented evidence taken from the phones belonging to the defendant and his friends to show their behaviour towards Mr Clarke.
Evidence from eye-witnesses also made the sequence of events at the bus station clear, with the group surrounding the victim and the defendant throwing the punch.
CCTV evidence also showed that his demeanour changed after he left the Eagle Market, becoming more aggressive at the bus station, after he had ample opportunity to remove himself and not get involved.
Notes to editors
- Andrew Baxter is a deputy chief crown prosecutor at CPS East Midlands.