Judge: ‘I wish I could give you a longer sentence’

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A MAN who killed a former paratrooper with one punch has been given a 13-year extended sentence.

A jury took just 35 minutes to unanimously convict former Brandon resident Daniel Duckworth, 36, of manslaughter after he attacked Richard Reynolds in Sowerby Bridge, Yorkshire, in May.

He was given the maximum eight-year jail term, with a further five years on licence after his release.

Judge Jonathan Durham Hall told Duckworth: “Eight years is not long enough. I would like to give you more.”

Mr Reynolds, 42, had been out with his friend Martin Potts when they began talking to Michelle Burrell, Duckworth’s fiancee, who was standing alone, looking upset.

Mr Potts told Bradford Crown Court that as they talked, Duckworth stormed over. Without warning, he punched Mr Reynolds twice, the second blow breaking his jaw and knocking him unconscious, before kicking him as he lay in the road.

Witnesses told of a hollow thud as Mr Reynolds’ head hit the road.

Duckworth then threw a punch at Mr Potts before he grabbed Miss Burrell and slapped her.

Mr Reynolds died in hospital 12 days after the attack.

Det Supt Paul Taylor, from the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: This tragedy sadly illustrates how a moment of violence on a night out can have terrible consequences and should serve as a stark reminder to others.”