A disabled grandfather who killed the brother of Hollywood legend Deborah Kerr in a road rage attack in Birmingham has been jailed for three and a half years.
Edmund Trimmer, aged 78, struck his head on the pavement after Eugene Warwood felled him with a powerful punch which smashed his jaw in the unprovoked attack.
Warwood (56) pleaded guilty in June to the manslaughter of retired journalist Mr Trimmer, who was known as Ted.
Warwood, of Salop Road, Redditch, Worcestershire, launched the assault after a wing mirror was knocked off his van, it was stated at Birmingham Crown Court.
Sentencing Warwood, who sat in the dock with his hands resting on two walking sticks, yesterday, the Recorder of Birmingham, Judge John Saunders QC, said he had lost his self-control in the attack on a complete stranger.
"Edmund Trimmer was a 78-year-old man at the time of his death. He was a highly respected man, enjoying a well earned retirement. He had a wife and daughter and other relatives who have been devastated by the tragic, violent and totally unnecessary death," said the judge.
"The effect on you of that collision was that you completely lost your self control. It must have been, as witnesses describe, a very hard punch.
"The fact that you left the scene so readily does indicate that even the shock of what you had done did not dissipate your anger.
"What you did, looked at objectively, was very likely to cause very serious harm. This was an unprovoked attack on a 78-year-old man in a residential street in broad daylight.
"You delivered a powerful punch to a man's jaw resulting in a fracture. Even without the tragic and unintended consequences, this offence would have been met with an immediate prison sentence."
Judge Saunders added: "Nothing that I can do by way of sentence can undo the consequences of what you did or ease the grief that you have caused those who loved him, nor is the sentence I pass intended to value Mr Trimmer's life."
The judge said the length of sentence was based on guidance from the Court of Appeal in previous, similar cases. "If you had been convicted after a trial, I would have passed a sentence of at least five years imprisonment," he added.
Mr Trimmer was attacked in Middlemore Road, Northfield, on August 23 last year after pulling up to post a letter at his local post office.
Timothy Raggatt, QC, prosecuting, said Mr Trimmer had gone out in his Rover and there had been a "trivial" incident involving his vehicle and an Escort van driven by Warwood, which may have involved their wing mirrors clipping.
Warwood, a grandfatherof-five, is alleged to have suffered six similar incidents in the previous 18 months and "saw red".
It was also suggested Mr Trimmer may have inadvertently taken a parking space from Warwood.
Whatever the reason, Mr Raggatt said, it was " unutterably trivial".
He added: "No one suggests that Mr Trimmer showed any semblance of resistance, hostility or violence to Mr Warwood." Mr Trimmer was knocked out with the punch and suffered a broken jaw. He died of a brain haemorrhage.
Warwood's plea to manslaughter had been accepted on the basis he had been "reckless" in his actions rather than intending to cause really serious harm.
Warwood, who was disabled in an industrial accident in 2002, initially denied any involvement but later admitted to having punched Mr Trimmer.
The court heard he had since written to Mr Trimmer's wife, Cathy, to express his remorse.
Mr Trimmer worked on Fleet Street and for HTV, ATV and Central TV before retiring in 1989. He was the younger brother of film star Deborah Kerr.