A Polish man has been jailed for four-and-a-half years for causing the death of his friend during a fight near a Staffordshire cinema.

Zenon Garbaty traded punches with Przemyslaw Humaniak, who died in hospital after suffering head injuries while on a night out, Stafford Crown Court heard.

Garbaty, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter, was arrested shortly after Mr Humaniak was found injured in Burton-on-Trent last November.

In a statement issued after the sentencing, Staffordshire Police confirmed that Garbaty, 29, of Branston Road, Burton, and 30-year-old Mr Humaniak were friends.

Mr Humaniak, who also lived in Burton, was on a night out with the defendant and three other people when the fatal incident happened. Police said the group had visited a number of pubs and a nightclub in the town before going to a bar on Middle Way Park.

As the five-strong group left the bar and headed towards the Cineworld complex, Garbaty and Mr Humaniak began to argue. This spilled over into a fight between the two men, where several punches were thrown by both as other members of the group intervened and tried to separate the pair.

Police said the fight culminated in Mr Humaniak falling outside Cineworld and being rendered unconscious, having suffered head injuries.

An ambulance was then called to the scene and Mr Humaniak was taken to Queen's Hospital in Burton, where he died despite the efforts of medical staff.

Speaking after the case, Superintendent Selwyn Burton, from Trent Valley division, said: "This was a tragic set of circumstances which saw two friends fall out and fight after a night out. Both parties threw punches and tragically Mr Humaniak lost his life."

Mr Humaniak, a warehouse worker, leaves a wife and two young children, a daughter aged three and a son aged one.