Drunk teens single punch knocked out man who died just a week later

A drunken young woman who punched a man in the face and caused him to fall to the ground and hit his head has been found not responsible for his death that occurred a week later.

Humberside Police had originally launched a murder investigation into the death of Andrew Turner, 58, due to the violent attack he suffered at the hands of Kelsea O'Hara, 20.

However, two experts have decided that Kelsea O'Hara, who was aged 19 at the time of the incident last year, was not responsible for his death reports HullLive.

Hull Crown Court heard baby-faced O'Hara had attacked the man after he didn't apologise for bumping into her friend.

O'Hara, of Trinity Road, Bridlington, admitted wounding Mr Turner on August 28 but has been spared jail for the brutal attack and instead given a six-month curfew.

Andrew Espley, prosecuting, said that Mr Turner went out for drinks in Bridlington with a friend where O'Hara and four of her friends were also out drinking.

The friend of Mr Turner knew one of O'Hara's friends and he apologised to her for an incident a couple of weeks earlier.

At about 1.30am, O'Hara confronted Mr Turner in Marlborough Terrace and asked him if he would apologise to one of her friends, whom he had accidentally walked into, but he refused.

"O'Hara threw her purse onto the floor and launched herself at Mr Turner, punching him in the face once and causing him to lose consciousness when he fell to the floor, hitting his head in the process when he fell," said Mr Espley.

Mr Turner, of Bridlington, suffered a cut of five to seven inches to the back of his head and was bleeding. "He tried to get up when he regained consciousness but could not do so," said Mr Espley.

Police and paramedics arrived but Mr Turner refused to go to hospital. O'Hara was arrested the next day and made no comment during police interview.

"Mr Turner did not die until September 3 so she would not have been asked about causing his death," said Mr Espley. "The punch seems to have been impulsive and spontaneous and it was one punch."

There was no evidence that the death of Mr Turner had "anything to do with" O'Hara and this had been confirmed after investigations by a pathologist and a neuropathologist.

Dale Brook, mitigating, said it was a single punch and O'Hara had originally been charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent but she had denied this.

"She has expressed heartfelt and genuine remorse for what she did that night and what happened to the victim," said Mr Brook. "It has taken a substantial toll on her.

"She has understandably thought a great deal about whether she is the cause of what happened to the victim. This is a tragic case."

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Judge Sophie McKone told O'Hara: "Mr Turner has since died but I make it absolutely clear that you bear no responsibility for that.

"There is evidence from two experts, a pathologist and a neuro-pathologist, who concluded that your actions did not contribute to his death.

"You were violent towards him. You had been drinking. You asked Mr Turner to apologise because you say that he had bumped into a friend of yours.

"It may be that he refused to apologise but that was no reason to resort to violence and punch somebody because you were not happy about that. It is absolutely no excuse whatsoever."

O'Hara was given a six-month suspended custodial sentence, a six-month 7pm to 6am curfew and 20 days' rehabilitation.

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