Breaking news: Killer jailed for 23 months

PUBLISHED: 12:52 28 July 2011 | UPDATED: 09:12 29 July 2011

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A CHEDDAR man has been jailed for 23 months after admitting the manslaughter of a promising young footballer in a village takeaway.

Samuel Binning was locked up by a judge at Bristol Crown Court for a ‘relatively modest’ assault which led to the death of James Hewlett in the early hours of New Year’s Day.

The court accepted Binning had struck 24-year-old Mr Hewlett with an open palm – but it still proved strong enough to leave him with fatal injuries.

Medics at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol were unable to save him, with experts later ruling that a high alcohol intake had exacerbated the effect of his injuries.

Binning, aged 21, of Felsberg Way, is likely to serve half of the sentence, and with 155 days already spent on remand, he could be released early in 2012.

Judge Neil Ford QC said: “This is yet another case in which a death has come as a result of a relatively minor use of force.

“I see these tragic circumstance in this court several times every year, always in the context of drink.

“This is a case of relatively modest criminality with the most devastating consequence.

“What is certain is that James Hewlett was an admirable young man, who was blameless in this event.

“His attitude to life was one which could described as pro-social. He was a contributor to the lives of others and the consequences of his death for his family have been dreadful.

“The sentence will provide very little comfort to them but it may provide part of the process for them to begin closure.”

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