Berkshire

Simon Velvick jailed for attack on Mark Campbell

Simon Velvick
Simon Velvick argued with Mark Campbell before fatally punching him

A man has been jailed for five years for manslaughter after fatally injuring a man in a "needless and senseless" attack.

Simon Velvick, from Newbury, Berkshire pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Mark Campbell at Oxford Crown Court.

The court heard Mr Campbell, 42, died of a brain haemorrhage after he was injured in an altercation at The Nightingales, Newbury on 19 June.

Velvick, 42, of Newtown Road, argued with his victim before punching him.

He was originally charged with murder following his arrest two hours after the attack.

Appearing in court earlier, he pleaded guilty to a charge of manslaughter, which was accepted by the prosecution.

Det Ch Insp Ian Hunter, from Thames Valley Police, said: "Simon Velvick has accepted responsibility for the unlawful death of Mark Campbell and been sentenced accordingly.

"Our thoughts are with Mark's family and I would like to pay tribute to the dignity they have demonstrated throughout these events, despite the obvious distress they have suffered."

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