Prison sentence for man who admitted manslaughter

A man has been jailed after pleading guilty to the manslaughter of a Widdrington Station man.

Kevin Gardner, from Westminster Road, Ellesmere Port, was handed a five-year sentence during a hearing at Chester Crown Court last week.

He admitted punching the victim, 63-year-old Ronald Hayes, once in the face with his right fist near the Liverpool Arms in Northgate Street, Chester, in the early hours of Saturday, November 23.

Mr Hayes fell to the floor and hit his head on the pavement − he was left seriously injured and members of the public came to his aid.

Paramedics were called and he was taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital in a critical condition where he remained on a life support machine until he died on Sunday, November 24.

A probe was launched by Cheshire Police’s Major Investigation Team and Gardner, 26, was subsequently identified and arrested. Following a detailed investigation, he was charged with manslaughter.

DI Steve Beddows, who led the investigation, said: “This is a tragic case in which a man has needlessly lost his life.

“Ronald’s family were at his bedside when he died and have been left deeply distressed and grief stricken by the loss of Ronald and the manner in which his life was ended so suddenly and prematurely. They have our deepest sympathy at this difficult time.

“I hope the conclusion of this investigation will help to bring about a degree of closure for Ronald’s family and for all those who knew him and have been affected by his death.”

He added: “Anyone who resorts to violence will end up paying the price for their actions.”