Dad died af­ter sin­gle punch, court is told

Rochdale Observer - - NOSTALGIA - John.scheerhout@men-news.co.uk @JohnScheer­houtMEN

ADAD was killed fol­low­ing a sin­gle punch thrown dur­ing a row out­side a take­away, a court heard.

Keith Maden, 59, hit his head on the ground and suf­fered a ‘cat­a­strophic’ in­jury fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent out­side Dixy Chicken on York­shire Street, Rochdale, on Septem­ber 28 last year. He later died in hos­pi­tal.

Ja­far Ali, 20, de­nies man­slaugh­ter. He claims he was threat­ened, called a ‘P***’ and acted in self­de­fence.

Min­shull Street Crown Court heard that Mr Ali told po­lice he thought Mr Maden was go­ing to ‘rip [his] head off’ and ‘im­pul­sively’ hit him.

Ju­rors heard that Mr Ali told of­fi­cers: “I gave him the light­est punch I’ve ever given any­one in my life.”

A wit­ness told the court it was a ‘force­ful, swing­ing punch’.

An­other wit­ness was said to have heard the de­fen­dant say ‘you de­served that’ to Mr Maden.

Alaric Bas­sano, pros­e­cut­ing, said that Mr Ali ac­cepted he punched Mr Maden, but says he did so in self-de­fence ‘in re­sponse to Mr Maden’s vi­o­lent and threat­en­ing con­duct’.

Mr Bas­sano said Mr Maden had been ‘ar­gu­men­ta­tive’, but said that he never used or threat­ened vi­o­lence.

Mr Maden had con­sumed only two drinks that night, ac­cord­ing to a barmaid at The Reed Ho­tel on York­shire Street, the court was told.

She had known him 20 years and re­garded him as a ‘po­lite, quiet man, who did not cause trou­ble’, the pros­e­cu­tion said. ●●Ja­far Ali (in­set left) de­nies the man­slaugh­ter of Keith Maden (in­set right) fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent out­side the Dixy Chicken take­away on York­shire Street in Septem­ber last year

Mr Maden suf­fered a stroke in 2016, which had left him un­steady on his feet and he some­times slurred his speech, said Mr Bas­sano.

When he was ar­rested, the ju­rors were told the de­fen­dant said Mr Maden was drunk and ag­gres­sive and had threat­ened to head­butt him.

Mr Ali, of Church Stile, Rochdale, was said to have told po­lice Mr Maden had pushed him, adding: “I don’t even punch. “I’m not a vi­o­lent per­son... lit­er­ally it was on im­pulse. “I thought this guy was gonna rip my head off.”

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