Stu­dent jailed for one punch that killed man


said the fam­ily had agreed to the re­lease by po­lice of dis­tress­ing footage CCTV to high­light the deadly dan­gers of sin­gle punches.

In the footage Keith Maden, 59, who was only just start­ing to re­build his life af­ter suf­fer­ing a stroke, is knocked back­wards with­out warn­ing by what a jury heard de­scribed as a ‘force­ful, swing­ing punch’.

John said the footage should ‘ab­so­lutely be out there’ and also crit­i­cised the four-and-a-half year sen­tence handed to the man who de­liv­ered the killer blow, Ja­far Ali.

In the footage, Mr Maden walks to­wards a group of youths stood out­side Dixy Chicken on Reed Hill in Rochdale town cen­tre.

He ap­pears to fin­ish a cig­a­rette and ex­tin­guish it un­der his shoe be­fore po­lice said a ‘ver­bal dis­agree­ment’ started be­tween them out­side on the doorstep.

Sud­denly, Ali is shown de­liv­er­ing a sin­gle punch.

Mr Maden, who had just be­come a grand­fa­ther, is knocked back­wards and is shown ly­ing prone across a kerb as the group dis­perse.

His brother, John, told the Ob­server: “I think that it [the CCTV footage] should be re­leased so peo­ple can see what has hap­pened. The footage should ab­so­lutely be out there. I think that the sen­tence is ab­so­lutely dis­grace­ful. The sys­tem stinks.”

Out­side court se­nior in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer Dun­can Thorpe, of GMP’s Ma­jor In­ci­dent Sup­port Unit, said: “In just a few sec­onds, Ali took a com­plete stranger away from the peo­ple who loved him the most.

“(Keith) Maden had no idea when he left the ho­tel to get some food that he was tak­ing his last steps, thanks to Ali’s vi­o­lent ac­tions.”

Mr Maden, a pop­u­lar fig­ure in the pubs around Rochdale and Lit­tle­bor­ough, never re­gained con­scious­ness and died of cat­a­strophic head in­juries fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent out­side Dixy Chicken in Rochdale town cen­tre on Septem­ber 28, last year.

Mr Maden was said to have been an­gry ei­ther be­cause Ali and his friends were block­ing the en­trance to the take­away or be­cause he had seen youths throw­ing fire­works.

Ali, now 20, of Church Stile, Rochdale, would go on to claim 5ft 4ins Keith had threat­ened to head­butt him and aimed a racial in­sult at him, in­sist­ing he acted in self­de­fence.

A jury dis­agreed and con­victed Ali of one count of man­slaugh­ter ear­lier this month. He was jailed for four-and-ahalf years at Manch­ester’s Min­shull Street Crown Court.

Mr Maden, who had been liv­ing with his mum in Lit­tle­bor­ough and had just be­come a grand­fa­ther, had con­sumed a pint and a half of lager at The Reed Ho­tel be­fore go­ing out to smoke a cig­a­rette with friends.

The court heard ‘words were ex­changed’ be­tween Mr Maden’s group and youths who were throw­ing bangers, although Ali was not one of them.

Judge Pot­ter said: “I ac­cept Mr Maden’s be­hav­iour was ag­gres­sive and of­fen­sive.

“How­ever, what fol­lowed was an un­law­ful act by you which was to have fa­tal con­se­quences.

“You lost your tem­per and un­nec­es­sar­ily took a de­lib­er­ate step for­wards to ad­min­is­ter a sin­gle punch with your right fist to the left-hand-side of Mr Maden’s head.”

Judge Pot­ter said the act had been ‘an un­char­ac­ter­is­tic mo­men­tary re­sort in tem­per to an act of vi­o­lence which has brought tragedy to many peo­ple’. The death had dev­as­tated the Maden fam­ily but also the ‘hard­work­ing’ Ali fam­ily, said the judge.

●●Stills from CCTV show­ing the mo­ments be­fore Keith Maden’s death

●●The take­away where the at­tack took place

●●Ja­far Ali, left, who killed Keith Maden, right, with a sin­gle punch out­side a take­away

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