‘Tragic consequences were not intended’
RECORDER Nicholas Fewtrell said that Steven Young had ‘never intended’ his actions to result in such ‘tragic consequences’.
He told the court: “What happened is extremely unfortunate, particularly for Mr Tomlinson. It’s a throw that had terrible consequences but there is a distinction between that and a deliberate punch.
“It’s quite clear that there is some altercation as Mr Tomlinson tried to get out of the rain.
“You then physically threw him off the premises. Ordinarily that wouldn’t have resulted in significant injury.
“As you threw him he fell heavily to the ground and must have struck with some force to the left side of his head.
“I accept that you have found this almost as tragic as Mr Tomlinson because this has had some effect on you.
“I don’t believe for a moment this is ever what you intended to happen.
“You are a hard working person who keeps away from the courts and this must have been a very stressful experience, albeit one that you brought upon yourself.”
Recorder Fewtrell sentenced Young to 12 months imprisonment, suspended for two years and 100 hours of unpaid work.