Grimsby man sentenced to four years for one-punch manslaughter

|News, Violent crime

Mark Bennison (37) has been sentenced today at Sheffield Crown Court to four years in prison for the manslaughter of Christopher Shipway, who died in hospital on 1 September 2018.

Christopher, who had learning difficulties and physical disabilites, became involved in an altercation with the defendant in the early hours of 25 August at the Old Market Place, Grimsby.

Bennison punched Christopher to the head and then walked away as he lay motionless on the pavement.

Jeremy Evans, from the CPS, said: "A single punch to the head ended Christopher’s life and his killer Marc Bennison has today been found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to four years in prison.

"After landing the fatal blow, Bennison simply walked away, leaving Christopher motionless on the pavement. His attempt in court to portray this as an act of self-defence has today been rejected by the jury.

"Christopher lived his life to the full and his death is an absolute tragedy. Our thoughts remain with his family and friends, and we hope that today’s conviction is of some comfort to them."

Notes to editors

  • Jeremy Evans is a Crown Advocate with CPS Yorkshire and Humberside

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