Thug killed man with one punch after getting into row outside Iceland store

A 25-year-old man has been found guilty of manslaughter after killing a complete stranger “with one punch” during a street argument.

Chelmsford Crown Court heard how Daryl Bunn, 27, met up with a friend on the afternoon of 29 June, 2019 to discuss their speeches for another friend’s upcoming wedding.

A little after 8pm, as he left the pub, Daryl became involved in an argument with a group of people outside an Iceland store.

A scuffle ensued and Sonny Hazell hit him, knocking him to fall backwards to the pavement.

Daryl, who was was engaged to be married, suffered devastating head injuries and despite being rushed to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, sadly died.

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Daryl's friend was also assaulted during the altercation, and sustained a broken jaw.

Hazell, of Southminster in 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 30 November, a jury found Hazell guilty of manslaughter.

He is due to be sentenced on 8 January, 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 fiancée 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 fiancé , 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.”

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