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Borehamwood drunken fight manslaughter accused cleared

A man accused of killing an ex-soldier during a drunken fight in Hertfordshire has been cleared of manslaughter.

Judge Stephen Gullick ruled that Mark Fagence, 50, had no case to answer following legal submissions at St Albans Crown Court on Wednesday.

The jury heard that when police arrived at the Borehamwood home of Mr Fagence's girlfriend Jane Kane, they found him lying on top of Mark Hopkinson, 36.

Mr Fagence denied manslaughter, saying he had been restraining Mr Hopkinson.

The jury heard that Mr Fagence had accused the former soldier of "hitting on" his woman before the two men started fighting.

Mr Hopkinson, a regular visitor to Mrs Kane's home, was pronounced dead in hospital on 6 November.

The trial heard he was an alcoholic who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Mr Fagence, from Apple Cottages, Bovingdon, Hertfordshire, was found not guilty by the jury on the instruction of Judge Gullick.

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