Northampton: Manslaughter Trial Concludes

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A man who appeared in court this week charged with manslaughter, pleaded guilty to assault, and was sentenced to eight months in prison.

Robert Spearman, 43, of Highfield Close, Brixworth had originally been charged with the manslaughter of Robert Gardner.

On the first day of trial at Northampton Crown Court (Monday 6th Feb) the defence argued that while they accepted that Spearman had assaulted Mr Gardner, by punching him to the face and causing him to fall and hit his head, it was not possible to confirm that it was this injury that had caused his death.

Mr Gardner was assaulted on in June 2016, in Boughton Green Road, Kingsthorpe and died at Northampton General Hospital later that month.

Detective Inspector Stuart Hitchin, from the Major Crime Team, said:

“This has been a complicated case and determining the cause of injury in such cases is never easy.

We accept the decision of the court and hope this provides some closure for the family and helps them to move on from what has been a very tragic and upsetting time for them."