Lancashire

Thomas Hill death: Blackburn man jailed for manslaughter

Michael Cocker
Image caption Michael Cocker subjected Mr Hill to a drunken and violent assault, said police

A Blackburn man who killed a man in a "drunken, violent assault" has been jailed for four years at Preston Crown Court.

Thomas Hill, 32, from Blackburn, was found unconscious with extensive injuries at an address on Fielding Crescent, Blackburn on 13 November.

Mr Hill died four days later. A post mortem examination found he died of head injuries.

Michael Cocker, 26, admitted Mr Hill's manslaughter at a previous hearing.

Det Supt Andy Murphy said: "Michael Cocker subjected Thomas Hill to a drunken, violent assault which resulted in his death."

He said Mr Hill's family had been left "completely and utterly devastated".

He added: "I can only hope today's sentencing will go some way to allowing them to try and move forward with their lives, although I appreciate Thomas' death is something they will never fully come to terms with."

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