Rotherham boxer jailed after killing man with one punch

Daneil Gerrard, aged 30, from Highfield Park, Maltby, Rotherham
Daneil Gerrard, aged 30, from Highfield Park, Maltby, Rotherham
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A boxer whose deadly punch killed a father-of-three following pub brawl could be released from prison in just two and a half years.

Daniel Gerrard, aged 30, landed the killer blow to the neck of 45-year-old Robert Hurdley following a disagreement between two groups of men in the Don Jon pub in Maltby, Rotherham.

The punch killed Mr Hurdley, who was enjoying a night out with friends from Dinnington Rugby Club last October, almost instantly.

Gerrard, of Highfield Park, Maltby, was this morning sentenced to six years in prison after admitting manslaughter and affray while also serving a suspended sentence for assault by Mr Justice Peter Coulson.

But, having already served 182 days in custody, Gerrard is due to be released on licence in two and a half years.

As the defendant, who showed little emotion throughout the sentencing hearing, turned to be lead down to the cells, shouts of “murderer” and “scum” rained down from the public gallery.

A statement issued by the Hurdley family read: “We are disappointed in the strongest terms with the leniency of his sentence and feel a review of the judicial system is required, however, we would like to thank South Yorkshire Police for all their hard work in relation to this case and for the support they have given us.

”The 14 October, will remain the darkest day in the life of our family, Rob’s friends, work colleagues and his beloved Dinnington Rugby Club. This was the day that Rob Hurdley was taken away from us because of the aggression and violence of Daniel Gerrard. Our world is and will remain a poorer place without Rob.”

The Senior Investigating Officer Detective Superintendent Lisa Ray said: “This was an unprovoked and brutal attack upon a family man out drinking with friends. His death leaves his wife, young children and wider family and friends devastated, no sentence is enough to replace their loss.”