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Man sentenced to 10 years in prison for manslaughter

August 1, 2017

A 22-year-old man from Northampton has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter and assault at Birmingham Crown Court.

Courtney Flanagan was sentenced today (Tuesday, 1 August) after pleading guilty to the manslaughter of Paul Smith. 

Mr Smith suffered a head injury in an assault at the Edge of Town pub in Regent Square, Northampton, on 10 July last year. He died in hospital nearly two months later on 4 September 2016.

Flanagan was also convicted of one count of attempted GBH with intent and one count of ABH, which took place at the Edge of Town pub on 10 July 2016, and one count of GBH that took place on 19 June, 2015 in St Leonards Road, Northampton. 

His Honour Judge Thomas QC gave Flanagan a 10-year custodial sentence with a three year extension having found him to be a ‘dangerous person’ in law. 

Detective Inspector Mark Hopkinson from Northamptonshire Police CID said: “I am pleased with the outcome of the case today and welcome the sentence handed down. 

“This was a tragic and extremely complex case. Mr Smith had a serious pre-existing heart condition which he had been managing well for more than 10 years. On the night of the assault he was out enjoying a drink with his father.

“Our detailed and lengthy investigation involved a hugely complex medical enquiry which ultimately established a clinical causal link between the assault and his death. 

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Smith’s family for their support and understanding during the investigation and I hope today’s sentencing helps to bring some comfort and closure for them.”

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