Stu­dent sobs as he de­nies man­slaugh­ter

Rochdale Observer - - FRONT PAGE -

ASTUDENT ac­cused of killing a dad with a sin­gle punch sobbed as he told a jury he acted on ‘im­pulse’ after be­ing threat­ened with a head­butt and racially abused. Ja­far Ali, 20, claims he acted in self-de­fence when he hit Keith Maden.

The 59-year-old suf­fered a ‘cat­a­strophic’ head in­jury after he hit the ground out­side a take­away in Rochdale town cen­tre. Cry­ing, Mr Ali told the court Mr Maden ap­peared ‘an­gry.’ The jury has re­tired to con­sider its ver­dict.

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