A teenager who killed a drinker with a single punch during a pub brawl was convicted of manslaughter yesterday and given a twoyear detention and training order.
A jury at Stafford Crown Court took just over four hours to convict Matthew Thomas (17) of Fieldfair Close, Rowley Regis, of killing 36- year- old father of three, Harry Fletcher, of Cressett Avenue, Brierley Hill, Dudley, in December last year.
He will serve one year of the sentence then be released under supervision for 12 months.
Mr Justice Mitting, who accepted a Press application that Thomas' name should be published, told him: "As you knew from the moment you were told of this unfortunate man's death, you were responsible for killing him.
"You did so in anger and drink. It occurred because of your refusal to leave him alone and his refusal to back off in the face of your loutish behaviour.
"You struck him a single, hard blow in the mouth and I accept you did not intend to cause him harm.
" But you showed immediate, genuine remorse which you have kept until this day and I am sure you will keep it until it is your time to go."
Mr Fletcher was with his girlfriend in the Royal Oak public house, Dudley Road, Rowley Regis, when he was hit by Thomas following an altercation with the defendant's brother.
Adrian Redgrave QC, defending, said: "He has matured very fast since the incident."