[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Friday, 25 February, 2005, 07:08 GMT
Family warn of one punch deaths
Alan Clement
Mr Clement was described as a "loving family man"
The family of a man who died after an assault outside a nightclub have joined with police to warn of the fatal dangers of throwing just one punch.

Father-of-three Alan Clement, 38, died after being punched by Alexander Paul Kane outside Liquid nightclub in Basingstoke, Hampshire, in November.

Kane, 23, from the town's Coleman Close, was jailed for two-and-a-half years for manslaughter on Thursday.

Mr Clement's widow hopes to highlight the dangers of throwing a single punch.

This tragic case is a powerful reminder to all that it can only take one punch to kill a person
Det Sup Alan Betts
Tracie Clement said: "Through one vicious, reckless act I have lost my husband and soul-mate, my three daughters have lost their daddy, and his father and his brother have lost their best-friend.

"Alan was a kind, funny, generous, happy, loving family man and will be deeply missed by all his family and friends.

"No length of sentence will ever make up for our loss."

Det Sup Alan Betts said: "This tragic case is a powerful reminder to all that it can only take one punch to kill a person.

"It is a very sad fact that every year in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight people die as the direct result of a single blow to the head.

"This has a devastating impact on so many lives - the victim, the victim's family, and to the person who delivered the fatal blow.

"If they could foresee the dire consequences of their action, I am certain that this would never happen.

"Emotions can rise and tempers may flare on a night out, especially if people have been drinking, but I urge everyone to think about the consequences."




SEE ALSO:
Man charged over reveller's death
29 Nov 04 |  Hampshire
One punch is all it takes to kill
09 Jun 04 |  Hampshire/Dorset


RELATED INTERNET LINKS:
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East | South Asia
UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature | Technology | Health
Have Your Say | In Pictures | Week at a Glance | Country Profiles | In Depth | Programmes
Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific