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Man jailed for killing fundraiser in Cwmbran

Gareth Davies died of head injuries in hospital after a car park fight
Gareth Davies, 26, was studying for banking exams

A steelworker has been jailed for three years after killing a financial adviser who was out fundraising with his friends for a local football team.

Aaron Davies, of Cwmbran, Torfaen, was found guilty in April of the manslaughter of Gareth Davies, 26, of Llangibby, Monmouthshire.

Cardiff Crown Court was previously told the Mr Davies was punched "for no reason".

He died two days after hitting his head on the ground.

Amateur footballer Mr Davies, who was dressed as one of the stars of the 1980s film Ghostbusters, was out fundraising on the night of the attack.

His friends were dressed in a range of fancy dress costumes for the evening out in Cwmbran.

The group went to the John Fielding Wetherspoons pub where, the court was told, steelworker Davies was "in an aggressive mood" and "spoiling for a fight".

He had already punched and scuffled with three other men that evening in October 2007 when he punched Mr Davies hard in the face "without provocation and for no reason at all".

He went straight to the floor and cracked his head on the surface of the car park.

Davies had denied manslaughter, claiming someone else threw the fatal punch, but was found guilty at a previous hearing.

Recorder of Cardiff Nicholas Cooke QC told him: "You delivered a powerful punch to Gareth Davies causing him injuries that led to that young man's death.

"His only offence was to be out in fancy dress.

"This was late-night drunk violence in a town centre. I'm satisfied there was an element of premeditation that you came out spoiling for a fight."

The victim, who was studying for banking exams as part of a HSBC graduate scheme, had been described in court as "popular and well-liked by everybody he met".



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