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3 September 2012, 14:30
A Middleton man has been locked up for 9 years for killing a friend he had spent most of the day and night drinking with.
28 year old Aaron Ward from Burton Street had pleaded guilty to manslaughter at a previous hearing.
He'd spent the day with 31-year-old Edward Worton back in February drinking in pubs in the Middleton area and carried on drinking at a friends house until the early hours.
An argument started when the pair went to call a taxi and Ward admitted he had hit Worton over the head and killed him.
His body was found at a house on Lower Bamford Close in the early hours, after police were called.
Senior Investigating Officer Andy Tattersall from the Major Investigation Team said:
"It seems Mr Worton needlessly lost his life following a petty argument with Ward. Ward will now have to face up to the consequences of what happened that night and live with it for the rest of his life.
Edward's loved ones have not been able to get over their loss and he has left behind a young family and a huge gap to fill.