A TEENAGER who battered his friend in a Christmas Day attack at his home has been found guilty of his killing.
Dale Eusman, aged 40, of Ash Close, Killamarsh, Derbyshire, died two days after the attack, after suffering an epileptic fit and choking on the blood caused by his injuries.
Nottingham Crown Court heard Nicholas Robinson, then 18, had gone over to the victim’s house on Christmas Day to discuss an argument which had taken place between his younger brother and Mr Eusman.
Mr Eusman swung at Robinson, who reacted by punching him three times, leaving him with a badly broken nose and bruising to his face.
But Mr Eusman – who had been diagnosed with epilepsy in 2009 – refused to go to hospital.
Two days later, on Monday, December 27 2010, ambulance crews were called to Mr Eusman’s home at 1.25am.
He had suffered a seizure and paramedics were unable to save him.
Robinson was originally charged with murder, but the charged was reduced to manslaughter.
He was found guilty of Mr Eusman’s manslaughter by a jury at Nottingham Crown Court, after a trial.
Speaking after the verdict, Mr Eusman’s mother, Betty Eusman, said Robinson was a family friend and the tragedy had affected both families.
She said: “I feel the right verdict was achieved.
“I have known Nicky for a while, he was a good lad. I feel for his family but I think they did make the right decision in the end.”
She added: “Both families have suffered and I am just glad it’s over.”
Robinson, formerly of Killamarsh, but now of Fairburn Way, Stannington, Sheffield, has been granted bail by the judge.
He will be sentenced on Wednesday, November 2, at Nottingham Crown Court.