Man jailed over Rochdale single punch pub killing

Brett Gleeson Image copyright Greater Manchester Police
Image caption Brett Gleeson pleaded guilty to manslaughter after Adam Nightingale was attacked

A man who admitted killing a party-goer with a single punch after a row over a spilt drink has been jailed.

Adam Nightingale was attacked following a party at the Mucky Duck pub in Rochdale, Greater Manchester in March 2015 after he tried to protect a woman.

The 28-year-old was left unconscious and died a few hours later in hospital.

Brett Gleeson, 32, of Drake Street, Rochdale, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was jailed for six years at Manchester Crown Court.

He was sentenced to a further five years on licence following his release.

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Image caption Adam Nightingale was killed after going to a party at the Mucky Duck in Rochdale

Mr Nightingale was punched after a woman he had met got into an argument with Gleeson in the early hours of 25 March, police said.

The pub owner asked Mr Nightingale to leave, which he did "without fuss or argument", police added.

He was followed out of the pub by Gleeson and was attacked as he was talking to the taxi driver.

Senior Investigating Officer Duncan Thorpe said: "Adam did not do anything to provoke the attack, in fact he was clearly trying to calm things down. Brett Gleeson totally overreacted to the incident."

  • Iftikhar Ahmed, 39, of Knowsley Street, Rochdale, pleaded guilty to assisting an offender and was sentenced to eight months in prison after swapping clothes with Gleeson.
  • Matthew Horridge, 28, of Eafield Road, Rochdale, pleaded guilty to attempting to pervert the course of justice and was sentenced to 12 months in prison for giving a false account of event to police.

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