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Man locked up for causing the death of another man in Hyson Green

September 13, 2018
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A man who assaulted another man who later died has been sentenced to nine years in prison.

Mark Purdy, 40, of Coxmoor Court, Bestwood, was convicted of manslaughter at Nottingham Crown Court yesterday (12 September 2018) following a 12-day re-trial.

Thomas Burns, 40, died the day after suffering an assault that led to a serious head injury in Hyson Green on 9 July 2017.

The court heard how Mr Burns had returned to his house in Pleasant Row to find a car blocking his door way, which resulted in a dispute and altercation with Purdy.

The pair separated on hostile terms but later, Purdy went round to apologise with another friend and they all sat and had a drink together. However, things escalated again and Purdy kicked Mr Burns in the face, they then went outside and Mr Burns was further assaulted.

An ambulance was called and Mr Burns initially denied treatment but paramedics were called again at around 11am the following morning when relatives couldn't wake him. He was placed on life-support at the Queen's Medical Centre but sadly died.

A post mortem examination revealed that the cause of his death was unnatural and that his injuries were consistent with an assault.

While officers were trying to locate Purdy on Monday 10 July 2017, they were alerted to an incident in Tesco in Top Valley Way where a man was in distress and committing criminal damage.

On attendance, officers quickly realised who this person was. Purdy was arrested on suspicion of affray and charged with this offence as well as manslaughter.

He pleaded guilty to the affray charge in January when the case was first heard but resulted in a hung jury on the manslaughter charge.

Detective Chief Inspector Rob Severn said: "This was an incredibly complex case with lots of strands to it and lots of leads that needed to be investigated. We are pleased with the sentencing result and hope it highlights how just one punch or two can take someone's life and result in a prison sentence. I'd like to thank my team for all of their hard work in gaining evidence and witness accounts. I’d also like to thank Mr Burns’ family for their incredible support throughout this heart-breaking ordeal."

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