‘Man killed by punches af­ter thug saw him with his girl’

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A JEAL­OUS thug killed a man af­ter punch­ing him twice when he saw him talk­ing to his girl­friend, a court heard.

Richard Reynolds suf­fered se­ri­ous head in­juries af­ter he was al­legedly floored by “pow­er­fully built” Daniel Duck­worth while he was out drink­ing with a work col­league.

Tat­tooed Duck­worth, 36, “marched” up to two men chat­ting to his girl­friend, Michelle Bur­rell, in the main street in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorks, shout­ing “Oh yeah, you think you can chat my f***ing girl­friend up?”, be­fore punch­ing Mr Reynolds, 42, in the face, a court heard.

Reynolds’ col­league, Martin Potts, told the court he heard his friend’s jaw and head “rat­tling” at the blow.

The pros­e­cu­tion told Brad­ford Crown Court: “The blow caused Mr Reynolds to stag­ger back­wards into the road. The de­fen­dant punched Mr Reynolds a sec­ond time. He fell heav­ily to the floor.”

The jury heard how the de­fen­dant, liv­ing in Sowerby Bridge but orig­i­nally from Lon­don,

Duck­worth al­legedly left Mr Reynolds for dead – re­turn­ing to a nearby night­club so he could fin­ish his pint.

The pros­e­cu­tion claim that af­ter­wards Miss Bur­rell could be heard say­ing, “You could have killed him”, to which Duck­worth replied: “I don’t care. F*** off, or I’ll do the same to you”.

Duck­worth de­nies man­slaugh­ter and com­mon as­sault. The case con­tin­ues.

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