Friday, January 24, 2020

Shaking teen weeps in dock as he's cleared of killing dad with one punch

A teenager has been cleared of killing a dad-of-four who died after he was punched when he tried to stop a man from being assaulted.

Philip James Long was out celebrating his wedding anniversary with his wife in Wrexham when he stepped in and acted as a peacemaker as a group of young people were fighting.

The 36-year-old had tried to stop a woman from hitting a man when he was punched and hit his head on the floor. He died from his injuries.

Matthew Curtis, 18, from Gwersyllt, was cleared of Mr Long's manslaughter at Mold Crown Court on Thursday.

He wept with relief and shook in the dock when the not guilty verdict was returned.

He had claimed he feared Mr Long was about to assault his friend.

Judge Rhys Rowlands said the deceased's family had acted with dignity and forbearance during the trial and added: "Our thoughts are with them."