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Killer 'shopped' by mother jailed

Terence Gaskin
Terence Gaskin had been drinking before the attack, the court heard

A teenager whose mother reported him to the police when he admitted killing a man has been jailed for four years after pleading guilty to manslaughter.

Terence Gaskin, 19, of no fixed address, was drunk when he carried out the unprovoked attack on 51-year-old father-of-four Kenneth Turnbull.

Mr Turnbull was found unconscious by police outside the White Lion pub in Darwen, Lancashire, on 11 August.

The judge at Preston Crown Court said the attack was "inexcusable violence".

Jailing him for four years, Judge Anthony Russell QC, said: "This was utterly unprovoked, completely inexcusable violence.

"Your actions were those of a coward, committing an unprovoked attack on a vulnerable person who you and your friends saw as elderly."

At first Gaskin, who was aged 18 at the time, said Mr Turnbull had gone for him and claimed self defence. But CCTV footage of the attack showed it was totally unprovoked.

Gaskin walked up to the older man and, according to the defendant's own friend, "swung for the old guy with his right hand and it looked a fair hard punch which hit the old guy on the face".

Gaskin's mother Wendy Hutchinson said she rang police when he told her just hours after attack: "I've killed someone. They're dead."

'Terrible circumstances'

Police found Mr Turnbull unconscious on a footpath outside the pub. Resuscitation attempts failed and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post-mortem examination revealed that Mr Turnbull died from bleeding to the brain caused by the punch, hitting him behind the left jawbone.

Det Supt Neil Hunter, from Lancashire Police, said "No sentence will ever bring back the tragic and unnecessary loss of a husband and father whose life was taken from him in terrible circumstances by a reckless young man who had consumed far too much alcohol.

"Ken's death was preventable and has ruined the lives of so many people. Sadly it highlights the perils of drinking far too much alcohol and being oblivious to the consequences of your actions."

Mr Turnbull's family said his death had left them "devastated and ripped apart".


The 19-year-old blew his mother a kiss on his way to the cells

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