Man lashed out in jealous rage – court

Snatch pictures of  Daniel Duckworth, 35, of West St, Sowerby bridge entering Calderdale Magistrates Court, Halifax where he was charged with unlawful killing

Snatch pictures of Daniel Duckworth, 35, of West St, Sowerby bridge entering Calderdale Magistrates Court, Halifax where he was charged with unlawful killing

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A FORMER Brandon man lashed out at a another man after being ‘consumed with jealousy’ when the man flirted with his girlfriend, a court has been told.

Daniel Duckworth, formerly of Parsons Close, Brandon, is on trial for the manslaughter of tree surgeon Richard Reynolds, 42, who died 12 days after the alleged attack in Sowerby Bridge, Yorkshire.

Bradford Crown Court heard that Duckworth, now of West Street, Sowerby Bridge, punched Mr Reynolds twice in the head, kicked at him while he was on the ground and aimed a punch at his friend, Martin Potts.

Prosecutor Stephen Wood told Bradford Crown Court that Duckworth, 36, was ‘consumed with jealousy’ when he saw them in Wharf Street, Sowerby Bridge, in May.

Mr Wood said the prosecution did not suggest Duckworth intended to kill Mr Reynolds or cause serious injury.

But he said the blow that knocked him to the ground was an unlawful act of violence without any justification and it caused Mr Reynold’s death.

Duckworth has denied manslaughter and has also pleaded not guilty to assaulting Mr Potts.

Mr Wood said Mr Reynolds had engaged Duckworth’s girlfriend Michelle Burrell in conversation and ‘light-hearted flirtation’ when he and his friend saw her alone leaning on a wall.

Duckworth, who had earlier been with Miss Burrell in the nearby Roxy’s nightclub, came over and punched Mr Reynolds in the face possibly catching him off-guard.

Mr Wood said Miss Burrell shouted at Duckworth: ‘Don’t do it again, leave him alone’.

“But the defendant didn’t stop,” said Mr Wood.

“He was, the prosecution submit, by this time consumed by a rage borne out of an all-consuming jealousy.”

“But the defendant quite literally left him for dead and walked off back to Roxy’s Bar. He did not give Mr Reynolds a second thought.’

Duckworth later claimed during police interviews that he had only intervened to protect his girlfriend because the two men were being sexually crude and abusive to her.

He denied punching Mr Reynolds at all and suggested that he fallen over because he was so drunk.

The trial continues.