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Man guilty of kebab shop killing
David Henkel
David Henkel had been out for the evening with his girlfriend
A man has been jailed for four-and-a-half years for killing another man with a single punch.

Nowbahar Bahar, of Harmer Street, Gravesend, Kent, was convicted at Maidstone Crown Court on Thursday of the manslaughter of David Henkel, 32.

Mr Henkel hit his head on the ground or a wall after being punched outside a kebab shop in Chatham on 23 July 2005.

Bahar, who arrived in the UK from Afghanistan in 2001, claimed he acted in self-defence.

But the court was told by two teenage witnesses that Bahar was the only person to throw a punch during the incident on a Saturday night.

The 15-year-old girls were at the scene in Bank Street when Mr Henkel approached Bahar.

The court heard he asked the defendant if he knew of an off-licence that would be open and where he could get some cannabis from.

Fractured skull

Bahar took 10 from Mr Henkel but returned saying he had lost the money.

David Jeremy, prosecuting, said: "They argued and there was some pushing.

"The defendant took the argument one stage further by punching Mr Henkel in the face.

"It knocked him straight to the ground, causing him to hit his head either against a wall or on the ground."

Mr Henkel died from a fractured skull.

Judge Andrew Patience QC said he believed Bahar "could not have anticipated that these terrible consequences could result from you punching him as hard as you did".


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