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Daniel McGuire jailed over killing of Daniel Skelton

Daniel McGuire Image copyright Police Scotland
Image caption Daniel McGuire admitted culpable homicide at the High Court in Glasgow

A man who killed a father-of-four with a single punch before going on to attack two others has been jailed.

Construction worker Daniel Skelton, 44, died in hospital six days after he was assaulted in Dumfries on 1 August.

Daniel McGuire, 25, earlier admitted the culpable homicide of Mr Skelton and to committing two further assaults on the same night.

At the High Court in Edinburgh, Lord Bannatyne sentenced McGuire to four and a half years in prison.

The judge said McGuire seemed to have been "entirely out of control" on the night of the attacks.

He ordered that Maguire, a prisoner in Dumfries, should remain under supervision for a further four years after his jail term.

The court had earlier heard that he hit Mr Skelton, from Bellshill, Lanarkshire, with a single punch in Queensberry Street.

Image caption Police sealed off Queensberry Street in Dumfries after the attack in August

He was hit with such force that he crumpled and fell to the ground, smashing his head on the pavement.

Mr Skelton was taken to hospital in Dumfries, where he was found to have suffered a blood clot to the right side of his brain.

He was transferred to Edinburgh, where he underwent surgery, but he died early on August 7.

Maguire's defence counsel Derek Ogg QC said his client was "shocked" by the consequences of his actions.

He said: "Although he had consumed alcohol he was not uproariously drunk."

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