A Coventry pub DJ accused of strangling an abusive drinker to death after a 1970s tribute night has been cleared of manslaughter.
Adrian Alleyne said he acted in self-defence during a struggle with Paul Merridew after an incident on October 5 last year.
The 40-year-old DJ, also a football coach, was found not guilty of murder at Warwick Crown Court on Wednesday, but the jury was asked to consider an alternative charge of manslaughter.
The prosecution alleged that Alleyne, of Keresley End, near Coventry, chased Mr Merridew around 300 yards before attacking him in the street in Ash Green, Bedworth, Warwickshire.
But jurors heard that 25-year-old Mr Merridew punched Alleyne at the bar of the pub, knocking him to the floor, after complaining about the music he had played.
Several witnesses told the trial that Mr Merridew also threw a table and a bar chair at Alleyne after punching him in the face.