A man has been jailed after inflicting a fatal punch outside Dixy Chicken in Rochdale.
Today, Tuesday 30 October Jafar Ali (24/05/1998) of Church Stile, Rochdale has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court after being found guilty of manslaughter.
The court heard how on Thursday 28 September 2017, Ali and his friends had been in Rochdale town centre and went to Dixy Chicken on Reed Hill to get some food.
While they were waiting for their takeaway to be cooked, a 59-year-old approached the chicken shop from a nearby hotel.
However, before he could get inside, a verbal disagreement started between Ali and the man.
Suddenly, Ali punched 59-year-old Keith Maden, causing him to fall and hit his head on the road.
Ali then fled down Yorkshire Street.
Keith was taken to hospital, where he sadly died a short time later.
When officers went to Ali’s home to arrest him the following day, he was unsurprised, telling them that he was going to hand himself in later that day.
Senior Investigating Officer Duncan Thorpe of GMP’s Major Incident Support Unit, said: “In just a few seconds, Ali took a complete stranger away from the people who loved him the most.
“Keith had no idea when he left the hotel to get some food that he was taking his last steps, thanks to Ali’s violent actions.
“While Ali may not have meant to kill the man, he did nothing to help when he realised the extent of Keith’s injuries.
“I hope Keith’s family take some comfort knowing Ali is behind bars for what he did to their loved one.”
Key messages from GMP’s One Punch Can Kill campaign:
It only takes one punch to take a life.
Control your temper so everyone can enjoy a good night out.
Remember: One punch, one death, one life of regret.
A split-second reaction can destroy lives forever.
When the red mist descends, lives can be destroyed forever.
Walk away from trouble.
Even minor outbursts of violence can have devastating outcomes – one wild punch or shove can kill.
Avoid trouble, control your temper and do not be drawn into arguments.
Irresponsible drinking can greatly increase your chances of falling victim to or committing serious violent crime.