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Simon Tarry jailed over 'single punch' death

John Millett
Image caption John Millett was known as "Salford John"

A man has been jailed for five years for killing a man with a single punch in Manchester city centre.

John Millett, 34, from Salford, was found with head injuries in Deansgate at the junction of John Dalton Street on 24 January.

His family said he was known as Salford John, and was "a man with a big heart".

Simon Tarry, 27, of Ennerdale Road, Stretford, was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court after being found guilty of manslaughter at an earlier hearing.

Image caption Simon Tarry was jailed for five years

Police said Tarry was standing outside South nightclub on John Dalton Street when he threw a punch at a man, before throwing a bin bag of rubbish at another.

John Millett and his friend, who had been on a night out, confronted Tarry about his behaviour before they walked off.

The group then made their way on to Deansgate where Tarry punched Mr Millett in the face.

He fell to the ground and hit his head on the road.

He died in hospital a week later.

Senior investigating officer Duncan Thorpe said Tarry had been "blatantly looking for trouble".

"When he was confronted by Mr Millett, he threw a single powerful punch that instantly knocked him unconscious," he said.

"Tarry's only thought was getting away and he ran off as John lay there with critical injuries.

"Mr Millett's family have been left devastated by what happened and they will have to live with the fact this man took away their loved one, all because he wanted to cause trouble that morning."

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