Man Jailed After One Punch Killed Friend In Nottinghamshire

A man who punched and killed his friend after a stag do in Mansfield has been jailed for manslaughter.

Scott Humphrey, 26, lashed out at Richard Rovetto, 29, after an argument, at around 2am on Sunday, July 27.

Richard, a father of one, then fell to the floor and hit his head. The 29-year-old, of Stanhope Crescent, Arnold, later died at the Queen's Medical Centre. 

Humphrey, of Queens Bower Road, Bestwood Park, pleaded guilty to manslaughter on August 18, and has today been sentenced to four years and four months.

DCI Rob Griffin, who led the investigation, said: “Over the last few years we have seen incidents where violent acts have resulted in serious injury or like this case, where someone has lost their life from something that happened in a minute or less.

“Humphrey has devastated the lives of Richard’s family and he has also changed his own life forever by what he has done. By striking out and causing Richard to fall and hit his head, the tragic consequences of that night have affected many people.

“Richard’s family may not have to go through the ordeal of a trial due to Humphrey’s early admission of guilt, but they have to somehow learn to cope without him.

 “Violence never solves anything, and this is a prime example where it ruins the lives of many by taking the life of one.”

A few years ago, the force launched its One Punch campaign following a number of deaths in similar circumstances.

More recently the Alliance Against Violence initiative, to encourage people to sign up to take a stand against violence, continues to drum up support from other agencies and members of the public.