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Man jailed for punching a devoted father who died a year later from brain injury

Jack Shepherd, 21, who lashed out at Stephen Coverley on January 1, 2016 during a dispute outside a bar in Stapleford, near Nottingham

A man who floored a devoted father with a single punch to the face has been jailed for manslaughter after the victim died more than a year later.

Jack Shepherd, 21, lashed out at Stephen Coverley on January 1, 2016 during a dispute outside a bar in Stapleford, near Nottingham.

Mr Coverley, 46, was left with a severe brain injury caused by the attack and spent months in hospital. He died in June last year after developing pneumonia.

Shepherd – who was 18 at the time of the assault – was sentenced to 28 months in prison after pleading guilty.

And today he was handed a further sentence of two years and nine months at Nottingham Crown Court after admitting manslaughter.

Mr Coverley, a father of three, was described by his family as ‘a wonderful and loving husband and father’.

A post mortem found that he had been at increased risk of developing aspiration pneumonia as a result of the assault.

He had been out celebrating New Year’s Eve when he a dispute erupted outside Larry’s Bar.

He suffered a serious head injury when Shepherd, who had been escorted out of the night spot by door staff after another incident, punched him and caused him to fall.

After sentencing, Detective Constable Sharon Lowth, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: ‘Stephen Coverley was a devoted family man whose wife, daughter and two sons have been left heart-broken by the actions of Jack Shepherd.

‘His death is a stark illustration of just how much damage and devastation one single punch can cause.

‘I hope it highlights to people that getting involved in any kind of violent behaviour can have tragic consequences.

‘A family has lost a loved one and Shepherd is now spending time behind bars all because of one punch.’

The attack happened in 2016 outside Larry's Bar in Stapleford, near Nottingham (pictured)

The attack happened in 2016 outside Larry’s Bar in Stapleford, near Nottingham (pictured)

Mr Coverley’s family, in a statement released through police, said: ‘Stephen was a wonderful and loving husband and father.

‘With one punch Jack Shepherd has completely devastated and destroyed an entire family.

‘Although the sentence today will not bring Stephen back we are satisfied this is a just sentence.’