Man Jailed For Northampton Manslaughter

29 September 2014, 17:20

A 22 year old man was jailed for 4 years and 10 months today for killing a man who tried to act as a peacemaker in Northampton.

Daniel Tero of Burleigh Road, Kingsthorpe Hollow, was having a fight with another man in Abington Square just before a quarter to four in the morning on Sunday August 17 when 61-year-old George Wedderburn intervened.

Tero punched him, leaving him with significant head injuries and he died at Northampton General Hospital on Saturday, August 23.

He has also been ordered to serve three years and eight months on licence once released from prison.

Detective Chief Inspector Stephen Woliter said: "George Wedderburn was acting as a Good Samaritan when he crossed the road to assist a member of the public who was being assaulted.

Unfortunately he was then assaulted by the aggressor, Daniel Tero, who punched him once to the head, knocking him to the floor. 

It was the impact of his fall that led to his death almost a week later.

This has been a huge loss for Mr Wedderburn's family and friends who remember him as a kind and caring man."

His partner, Angela Augustine, added: "Our sons have lost a devoted dad. 

My wider family have lost a brother, stepdad and close friend and I have lost my soulmate and the father to my children.

George was a good man, a gentle giant, liked by all that knew him, he loved being with his two children and spent a lot of time with his step-children.

Daniel Tero by contrast is a violent, confrontational and aggressive man with past convictions for inflicting unprovoked significant harm to others.

This type of one-punch assault is unfortunately prevalent in towns and cities across the UK and, in this case, has had disastrous consequences for Mr Wedderburn and his family." 

Mr Wedderburn's two teenage sons have described him as 'a hero who died a peacemaker' and 'a good friend and confidant'.