Man jailed over manslaughter of Lancaster neighbour

Kieran Cuffe Image copyright Lancashire Police
Image caption Kieran Cuffe pleaded guilty to manslaughter at an earlier hearing

A man who killed a man who lived on the same street as him has been jailed for four and a half years.

The body of John Houston, 41, was found in Laburnum Grove, Lancaster, in April.

Kieran Cuffe, 43, was sentenced at Preston Crown Court after earlier pleading guilty to manslaughter.

The men had been drinking together before an argument broke out, Lancashire Police said. Cuffe then repeatedly punched Mr Houston, who later died, in the face.

Mr Houston's body was found days later by his sister, Amanda McLeary.

She said: "My heart actually broke that day.

"John was a kind man. He would give you his last pound. He helped a lot of his friends."

Image copyright Houston family photo
Image caption John Houston had been punched with "a number of violent blows which proved fatal", police said

Mr Houston's mother, Margaret Love, said: "My son John was a kind, loyal and clever person.

"He was complex in character but he was a good person, gentle-natured and peaceful. He didn't want a complicated life - he just wanted to live peacefully with his family close by."

She said the "devastating memory" of how her son died had "changed my whole family", adding: "We just miss him and always will."

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