Neville Dunn murder: Brian Harrison jailed

Brian Harrison
Image caption Harrison wrongly believed Mr Dunn had raped his partner

A Cornish fisherman has been jailed for a minimum of 16 years after being found guilty of murdering a man who died two years after being attacked.

Brian Harrison, 31, of Newlyn, pleaded not guilty to murdering Neville Dunn on New Year's Eve 2007.

He was previously convicted of grievous bodily harm but was tried for murder after Mr Dunn died in October 2009.

It is only the second time in England a person has been tried for murder after being convicted of a lesser offence.

Harrison, had pleaded self-defence, was cleared of attempted murder in 2008 but convicted of intentionally causing grievous bodily harm and sentenced to a minimum of six years in jail.

'Vicious and repeated'

He was later tried and convicted of murder following the Law Reform Act of 1996 which abolished the "year and a day rule".

Image caption Neville Dunn, who grew up in Grimsby, died two years after the attack

This stated that a death was not murder if it occurred more than a year and a day after the act alleged to have caused it.

Truro Crown Court was told Harrison attacked Mr Dunn who he wrongly believed had raped his partner.

He went to Mr Dunn's rooms at the Seven Stars pub in Penzance and brought him back to his partner's house in Newlyn where he knocked Mr Dunn out with a single punch.

Saying he was taking him to hospital, Harrison drove him to his partner's mother's house in Penzance and threw him from the car before kicking him in the head "like a footballer".

Mr Justice Burnett said Harrison's attack was "deliberate, vicious and repeated" and he had attacked Mr Gunn "without mercy".

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