A man has been jailed for four and a half years for the manslaughter of 37-year-old Burnley man Andrew Hayes.
Wayne Bradbury (29), of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to manslaughter when he appeared at Preston Crown Court last month.
The attack was carried out in such a way that Andrew Hayes was caught completely unaware and had no opportunity to defend himselfDet. Insp. Andy Cribbin
Police launched an investigation after Andrew Hayes was assaulted outside the Moneysave shop in Lyndhurst Road at around 7-20pm on Wednesday, April 29th.
He was later taken to Royal Preston Hospital with a head injury where he sadly died in the early hours of the following morning.
His family paid tribute to him at the time in a statement which read: “Andrew was a loving gentle soul, the type of man who wouldn’t hurt a fly, would always stop for a chat, wave and smile.
“He was polite, quiet and everyone’s friend. He will be sadly missed and always loved.”
Det. Insp. Andy Cribbin, of the Force Major Investigation Team. said the case demonstrated just how dangerous one punch could be.
“Wayne Bradbury has been sentenced for the completely unprovoked and cowardly assault he inflicted on Andrew Hayes which resulted in his very sad death.
“The attack was carried out in such a way that Andrew Hayes was caught completely unaware and had no opportunity to defend himself.
“This case serves as a tragic reminder of how dangerous just one punch can be and the legacy of pain and destruction it can leave behind.
“My thoughts very much remain with Mr Hayes’ family and friends.”