Revellers are being warned of the devastating consequences one punch can cause after a Sheffield man was jailed for killing a student in the city centre.
Nathan Tomlinson, aged 24, of Haslam Crescent, Lowedges, was jailed for three years and nine months after admitting the manslaughter of Anowar Tagabo, who was in the city for a family celebration.
Sheffield Crown Court heard Tomlinson had struck the Bradford University student with a single punch in an unprovoked attack on Sunday, May 25, knocking him unconscious and fracturing his skull.
Speaking after the sentencing, Superintendent Natalie Shaw, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “I would like people to take heed, especially over the Christmas festivities when more people go out and drink alcohol, that they have to be aware of the consequences of their actions, because one punch can take somebody’s life.”
The court heard Mr Tagabo, who was studying peace and development and had dreams of becoming a policitian, had been in Sheffield for a family wedding before heading into the city centre with a friend.
The pair became separated and Mr Tagabo was seen jogging through the city centre at about 4.20am.
A group of men and women were stood on the corner of Carver Street and Division Street as Mr Tagabo ran past – and a man in the group stuck out his leg and tripped the student.
Mr Tabago walked away, but was approached by two members of the group.
Tomlinson then approached and punched Mr Tabago, knocking him unconscious and causing his head to hit the pavement.
A member of the public called emergency services and Mr Tagabo regained consciousness and was on his feet when the ambulance arrived.
He was rushed to the Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital, in Fir Vale, but died nine days from head injuries.
The court heard Tomlinson – who nine previous convictions for 11 offences, including three for assault and one for threatening behaviour – had shown genuine remorse and will be ‘haunted’ for the rest of his life by what happened.
Sentencing, Judge Julian Goose QC told Tomlinson he struck a ‘severe blow’ which was ‘entirely unprovoked’ by anything Mr Tagabo did.
He said: “No sentence I can pass will bring back the life of Mr Tagabo. He was a young man with real potential and was in his prime.”
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