Former boxer jailed over 'single punch' death

A former professional boxer has been jailed for seven years for killing a stranger with one punch outside a pub.

Graham Brett, 50, of Ebury Bridge Road, Pimlico, central London, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Australian-born Neil Hannah.

He fell to the floor and was knocked unconscious after being punched on the jaw.

Mr Hannah, 49, suffered a brain injury and died five days later on 7 August, the Old Bailey heard.

Brett was drinking in the Greyhound pub in Hugh Street, Pimlico, when he took exception to Mr Hannah and called him outside.

He took off his glasses and aimed a right hook at Mr Hannah, described as a "gentle giant" and a "jovial drunk".

Alcohol problem

Brett, who had two wins and two losses in his professional career and 70 amateur fights, had drunk seven pints and taken cocaine, the court heard.

Gillian Etherton QC, prosecuting, said CCTV showed the incident: "It is very clear the stance the defendant takes is one of an experienced boxer."

Gareth Morley, defending, said Brett's career ended in 1984 and had been ravaged by his alcohol problem, although he was still a coach for amateur boxers.

Judge Mr Justice Stuart-Smith said three years of the extended sentence would be served in the community.

He told Brett: "You are a trained boxer. You used that training to position yourself and deliver the punch. This was an unprovoked attack."

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