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Sowerby man jailed after punch which killed new father...






29th October, 2022.


Two men have 21 October 2022 been sentenced for their roles in a serious assault which claimed the life of 32 year-old Alan Barefoot from South Kilvington near Thirsk.

22 year-old Benjamin Calvert of Kings Gardens, Sowerby near Thirsk (picutured) was sentenced to five years and four months in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter and 25 year-old Thomas Cressey of Church Lane, Boroughbridge received a six month suspended sentence after pleading guilty to affray.

Around 9.45pm on Saturday 16 October 2021, Alan Barefoot was socializing in the Royal Pub on Thirsk Market Place, enjoying his first night out since the recent birth of his daughter. He was asked to leave the pub and an altercation followed which spilled out onto the street.

During the altercation, Cressey headbutted Alan Barefoot knocking him to the floor and then quickly walked away.

Alan got back to his feet, but he was described by witnesses as looking ‘dazed’. Calvert was then seen to walk up to Alan and punched him hard on the side of his head, knocking him back to the floor and causing him to bang his head on the pavement, rendering him unconscious.........

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