A drunken teenager killed a father-of-three with a single punch to the face following an argument outside a Black Country pub.
The 17-year-old from Rowley Regis, who cannot be named for legal reasons, knocked 36-year-old Harry Fletcher to the ground, causing him to fracture his skull, Stafford Crown Court heard yesterday.
Mr Fletcher, of Cressett Avenue, Brierley Hill, was taken to hospital following the incident outside the Royal Oak in Dudley Road, Rowley Regis, last December but never recovered.
The teenager denies manslaughter.
Prosecuting, Robert Juckes QC said the 17-year-old lost his temper and self control after a night of heavy drinking. He punched Mr Fletcher, who fell back and struck his head on concrete. Mr Juckes said: "He died from a fracture to the back of his head which caused swelling to the brain and sadly there was nothing anyone could do to stop that."
He said the teenager had been drinking with friends for about 12 hours. "There was an argument but there was no blow struck by Mr Fletcher."
The trial continues.