Hereford & Worcester

Herefordshire wedding guest guilty of murder

A man has been found guilty of the murder of a fellow guest he attacked at a wedding celebration party.

Jason Halling, 29, of Bromyard, Herefordshire, had denied murdering Kevin Smith at Sapey Golf Club near Bromyard on New Year's Day 2009.

Mr Smith, 47, the bridegroom's uncle, died in hospital two days after the assault as a result of his injuries.

Halling, the brother of the bride, was given a life sentence and ordered to serve a minimum of 11 years.

'Moment of madness'

Worcester Crown Court heard how Mr Smith, a farmer, was injured in a fight on a balcony at the venue.

After the verdict his family said one moment of madness had destroyed many lives.

"Kevin had a lot to give but the actions of that night mean his life was short-lived.

"We feel as a whole family that justice has been done but sadly this will not bring Kevin back."

The family added that the day should have been a time to celebrate a young family's future, but ended in a nightmare.

Worcester Crown Court heard that Halling had caused 30 separate injuries, including swelling and bleeding on the brain, which caused Mr Smith to have a number of strokes.

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