Derby

Sam Watts jailed for nine years for manslaughter

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Image caption Sam Watts admitted the manslaughter of 71-year-old Melvyn Hargreaves while he was walking his friend's dogs

A man who attacked and killed a pensioner in the street after a evening of drinking has been jailed for nine years.

Sam Watts, 23, assaulted Melvyn Hargreaves, 71, as he walked his dogs through Derby with a friend on 3 January 2015.

Mr Hargreaves died from head injuries three days later in hospital.

Watts, of Forman Street, Derby, was charged with murder but admitted manslaughter.

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Image caption The attack happened near the junction of Gerard Street and Mercian Way in Derby

Mr Hargreaves was walking with a close friend and her dogs in Mercian Way, Derby, shortly after midnight.

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Watts, who had spent the evening drinking, attacked the pensioner after an argument over the animals, police said.

Det Chf Insp Hayley Williams said: "Melvyn Hargreaves was walking with his friend, exercising her dogs, when Sam Watts, who had spent the evening drinking, assaulted him during an argument about the dogs barking.

"Watts has taken another person's life and ruined his own by losing self-control after drinking too much."

The judge ordered Watts' time spent on remand and under curfew be deducted from his jail term.

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