Man Jailed For Punch Which Led To Man's Death

Friday, 10 July 2020

A man from Bradford has been jailed after he pleaded guilty to causing the death of a man who died three years after he was attacked.

Landon Smith, of Hillam Street in Great Horton, was sentenced at Leeds Crown Court today (10 July) to 12 months for the manslaughter of Craig Kaye, who was assaulted in Hollybank Gardens, Bradford in the early hours of 1 September 2014. 

Landon Smith

He will half of the sentence in custody before being released on licence.

Mr Kaye suffered a serious head injury from which he never recovered and sadly died in September 2017.

Following Mr Kaye’s death an investigation was launched by West Yorkshire Police’s Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, which resulted in Smith, 22, being charged with Mr Kaye’s manslaughter.

Smith, who at the time of the attack was a juvenile, was sentenced to a two-year youth rehabilitation order and a three-month curfew order in 2015 after he admitted unlawfully wounding Mr Kaye.

But the case was brought back before the courts after evidence from doctors proved Smith’s blow was the one which caused the head injury which would later prove fatal.

He appeared via Skype at Bradford Crown Court in May this year, where he admitted causing Mr Kaye’s death.

Following sentencing Detective Superintendent Nicola Bryar, said:

“I hope this outcome is of some comfort to the family of Mr Kaye and finally gives them some closure, so they can move forward from this tragic incident.

“I also hope this case will serve as a warning to others of the devastating effects that just one punch can have.” 

Craig Kaye

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