Man jailed for manslaughter of victim 17 years after assault
A 47-year-old-man has been jailed for the manslaughter of a man he assaulted in August 2000, who sadly died 17 years later.
Paul Proctor was imprisoned for two years and 10 months at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday (Thursday 3 October) after he pleaded guilty to the unlawful killing of Mark Wilkie. This was in addition to the 18-month jail term he served for the original assault in 2000.
On 6 August 2000, Paul Proctor seriously assaulted Mark Wilkie following a confrontation at the Tyburn Public House on Kingsbury Road, Birmingham, causing him life-threatening and life-limiting injuries.
Proctor was convicted of inflicting grievous bodily harm in May 2002 and sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment at that time by Wolverhampton Crown Court.
Following that assault, Mr Wilson required medical intervention throughout the rest of his life. Between 2011 and 2017, Mr Wilkie endured 17 periods of hospitalisation.
On 1 October 2017, 17 years after the incident, Mr Wilkie died from complications arising from the original assault.
Proctor was charged with the manslaughter of Mark Wilkie and subsequently pleaded guilty.
Following sentencing, Claire Nicholls, for the CPS, said: “Mr Proctor has been held legally responsible for the fatal consequences of his actions.
“Mr Proctor, by his actions, destroyed the victim’s quality of life, causing him a significant period of pain and suffering up until his death.
“The head injuries Mr Wilkie sustained in August 2000 were a legal cause of his death in October 2017.
“My thoughts and deepest condolences are with Mr Wilkie’s family at this difficult time and I would like to thank them for their support to bring the offender to justice in this case.”
Notes to editors
- Claire Nicholls is a District Crown Prosecutor at CPS West Midlands.