Stoke & Staffordshire

Raymond Cannon death: Two men jailed for manslaughter

Matthew Hancock and Callum Belfield Image copyright Staffordshire Police
Image caption Matthew Hancock (left) and Callum Belfield admitted the manslaughter of Raymond Cannon

Two men have been jailed for killing a grandfather in a fight outside a pub.

Raymond Cannon, 52, from Knypersley, was attacked by Matthew Hancock and Callum Belfield, both 22, outside the Jester pub in Stoke-on-Trent in May.

Both men pleaded guilty to manslaughter at Stafford Crown Court in October.

Hancock, from Cumberbatch Avenue, Fegg Hayes, was jailed for four and a half years. Belfield, from Heathfield Road, Chell Heath, was sentenced to four years and three months.

Shane Davies, 21, of Evans Street, Stoke-on-Trent, was sentenced to 12 months for affray after he admitted throwing a bottle at another man during the fight on 10 May.

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Image caption Raymond Cannon had been on a night out with three friends

Staffordshire Police said Mr Cannon and three friends had gone to the Jester after a night out in Burslem.

'Family man'

He was punched by both Hancock and Belfield and hit his head on the ground when he fell, police said.

Det Ch Insp Darren Harding said: "What turned out to be a typical Friday night out with friends sadly ended in tragedy.

"Mr Cannon got caught up in a spur of the moment incident which escalated out of control."

In a statement, Mr Cannon's family described him as a "much loved family man", who had three children and two grandchildren.

"Ray was well known in the local community, both socially and as a self-employed plasterer," the statement said.

"We have been left devastated by Ray's untimely death and our lives will never be the same again."

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