A man has been convicted of manslaughter following a retrial at Nottingham Crown Court. Mark Purdy was sentenced to nine years imprisonment by the judge following the verdict.
The jury were played a call from the victim Thomas Burns to the emergency services where he identified the person who had attacked him as “some lad called Mark”. Burns’ family said following the conviction that they believed he had helped to convict his killer.
Purdy assaulted Burns three times over the course of a few hours in July 2017. Purdy slapped the victim over a dispute over a parked car. Later that day Purdy was invited to Mr Burns’ flat and a dispute led to Purdy injuring Mr Burns again.
Burns was then able to call 999 but later died from his head injuries.
Purdy was also sentenced for affray following a disturbance in a Tesco store. Purdy, who has a borderline personality disorder, was resisting arrest and caused hundreds of pounds of damage to the store and himself.
Gordon Aspden was instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service.