A 25-year-old man has been found guilty of the “one punch” killing of young man outside an Iceland store.
Sonny Hazell was convicted of the manslaughter of Daryl Bunn, 27, following a trial at Chelmsford Crown Court, Essex.
The trial heard how Daryl did nothing to instigate or provoke the incident that led to him losing his life, police said.
A statement by the victim’s family said they were heartbroken after the death of Daryl, who was “beautiful inside and out”.
The court heard how Daryl Bunn and his friend became involved in a row with a group of people outside the Iceland store in Maldon, Essex, at around 8.50pm on June 29 last year.
He was punched once and fell backwards striking his head on a pavement.
Daryl, from Maldon, was flown to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge but sadly died as a result of devastating head injuries.
He had met up with his friend before the attack to discuss their ‘Best Man’ speeches at another friend’s forthcoming wedding.
Daryl himself was engaged to be married.
Hazell, 25, Southminster, Essex, was charged with manslaughter and causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
Jordan Hooper, 24, of Southminster, was charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
They denied the charges.
On Monday November 30, a jury found Hazell guilty of manslaughter.
He is due to be sentenced on January8, 2021.
Both Hazell and Hooper were acquitted of causing grievous bodily harm in relation to Daryl’s friend.
Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Lee Morton, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “This is a tragic case where someone has lost their life through no fault of their own following an altercation and a fight.
“The case shows that any act of violence can lead to someone being seriously injured and even killed.
“Daryl Bunn’s death was needless and completely avoidable, and his family and fiance have been left devastated.
“They have been in court throughout the trial and heard how Daryl did nothing to instigate or provoke the incident that led to him losing his life.
“They have remained dignified throughout this incredibly difficult time and I want to thank them for their support throughout our investigation and the court case.”
At the time of Daryl’s death his family released a statement paying tribute to him.
It read: “Daryl, our much-loved son, brother, uncle and fiance, who was taken too soon.
“Everyone who knew him would say what a lovely, beautiful soul he had inside and out, with a heart of gold and he will be truly missed.
“We are totally heart broken by the news and ask that everyone respects our privacy at this time.”