A man has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of a student who died after he was attacked ‘in a moment of madness’ on a night out in Sheffield city centre.
Nathan Tomlinson, aged 24, of Haslam Crescent, Lowedges, Sheffield, appeared by videolink at Sheffield Crown Court this morning and admitted killing Anowar Tagabo, who had moved to the UK for a better life.
Mr Tagabo, originally from Sudan, was studying Peace and Development Studies at University of Bradford when he died.
He was punched once by Tomlinson in the early hours of May 25 having attended a wedding during the day.
He was rushed to hospital but died nine days after the attack from head injuries.
Senior Investigating Officer Natalie Shaw said: “Mr Tagabo was a talented young man with his life ahead of him which was snatched from him in a moment of madness by Tomlinson.
“Sadly, this case highlights the dangers of losing your temper and punching somebody.
“A split second decision made in anger can have tragic consequences, ruining the lives of the people involved, their friends and families.
“The defendant’s guilty plea has spared Mr Tagabo’s family the ordeal of a trial which is some small consolation.”
Mr Tagabo’s friend Youssef Al-Manea, who studied Development and Peace Studies with the first-year student, said: “He was a really, really nice fella, very kind and got along with people.
“He had lots of friends and was always going out and socialising.
“I’m struggling to manage to see just how he got into trouble, all I can imagine is it was completely unprovoked. He was so kind and I’m just so shocked.”
Mr Tagabo was originally from Sudan and has family in Chad, Central Africa. He had been living in France before moving the UK.
Tomlinson is due to be sentenced next month.
Three other men were arrested in connection with Mr Tagabo’s death in the early stages of the investigation..
Two have been released without charge and one on bail.