UK News Scottish man jailed for killing pub-goer with one punch after a game of pool

16:05  24 february  2020
16:05  24 february  2020 Source:   scotsman.com

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An attacker who killed a man with a single punch after a game of pool in a bar has been jailed for more than five years.

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Thomas Allan, 52, assaulted Jason Haig at a pub in Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire, on September 2 last year.

He punched Mr Haig, 45, who fell backwards and hit his head on the hard floor.

Mr Haig suffered injuries including a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain.

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He died of severe brain damage on September 10 at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.

Allan, from Glasgow, pleaded guilty to a charge of culpable homicide at the High Court in Glasgow on December 17 last year.

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The two men had been playing pool together for about 20 minutes when there appeared to be a disagreement, the prosecution service said.

Allan approached Mr Haig, while holding his pool cue in his right hand, spoke to him for a few seconds, then struck him on the face once with his left hand and Mr Haig fell backwards.

David Green, procurator fiscal for homicide and major crime, said: "A single punch has had catastrophic consequences.

"This type of attack is just as lethal as an assault with a weapon and any instance of a punch to the head can have the kind of ramifications that we have tragically seen with this case.

"The unintended consequences of Thomas Allan's actions should serve as a stark warning that one punch can kill."

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