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‘Much-loved son and brother’ killed by one punch – attacker jailed for nine years

A man who killed a ‘much-loved son and brother’ with a single punch has been jailed.
Kyle Turton was out in Nottingham city centre when he threw the punch after interfering in an argument with a complete stranger.

Victim Nathaniel Bierley was also out with his friends on Saturday 5 March, when he was struck by Turton with such force he was knocked unconscious and fell to the ground in Upper Parliament Street, shortly after 3.30am.

The 26-year-old was rushed to hospital but later died on 17 March – 12 days after the incident occurred.

Detectives quickly identified Turton as the main suspect after CCTV images showed him acting aggressively and being the closest to Nathaniel when the punch was thrown.

The court heard how a description given by one of Turton’s friends described him as wanting to hit someone, drinking a lot, looking to start a fight and how his behaviour had completely changed and he was acting ‘aggressively and jumpy’.

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Turton, 21, of Brooksby Lane, Clifton, appeared at Nottingham Crown Court today (29 July) after previously pleading guilty to a charge of manslaughter.

He was jailed for nine years and on his release will have to serve a further five years on license.

In a powerful statement read aloud to the court by his sister, Louisa, she explained how their lives had completely changed and how all of their Christmas’, birthday’s and lives had been ruined by Turton’s actions.

“I don’t even know where to start, Nathaniel was the best brother we could ever ask for, he was courageous and always wanted to make a change in this world,” she said.

“Our brother always made such a big impression on all of those who knew him and made all of us proud every day.

“He travelled the world and lived his life to the fullest and had so much more to give to this world but that’s been taken away from him.

“He was a great uncle and it would have been nice to see if Nathaniel had children of his own one day but now we will never know.

“He was going to take his younger sister to a car dealership when she passed her test and help her buy a car and because of this, he won’t do that. She was looking forward to her big brother buying her first car and wanted to show her big brother her first ever home but he won’t be here to see all of this.

“We will never get to see how he would have lived the rest of his life and that hurts us so much.

“I have never seen my mum cry before but in the days when it happened and afterward I did and it absolutely devastated me, hearing how she wished it was her instead – my heart absolutely broke.

“This has not only affected us all emotionally but has had a physical impact on most of us too.

“I feel an apparent amount of stress all of the time so I have to make myself busy so I feel tired all of the time ever since the day it happened.”

Speaking directly to Turton, Louisa added: “You have taken the life of a young man that was so loved, loved life and was always so dedicated to making a change and standing up for other’s rights.

“The pain and hurt you have caused to all of us. You have ruined every birthday and every Christmas because you didn’t just take Nathaniel’s life you took all of our lives when you took my brother’s life.”

In a statement released after the sentencing by Nathaniel’s family, they said: “As a family, we know that nothing can bring back Nathaniel, however we would like to thank the Judge for his comments today and the sentence that was passed.

“It is comforting for us to know that Kyle Turton will be spending longer than we anticipated in prison and that he will have a long time to think about what he has done before he can see his family again.”

Judge Stuart Rafferty QC sentencing Turton, said: “By your completely unjustified and unnecessary actions you brought to the end a life of a young man who had done nothing to you.

“And who on any view did not deserve to die. You didn’t intend to kill him that’s true because you are charged with manslaughter, not murder but that doesn’t diminish the impact of what you did to him and his family – who had the awful cruelty of spending day after day at hospital waiting to see if he would live, tragically he did not.

“There will come a time for you when you will go home and you will go back to normal life but for them, that will never happen.
“You didn’t just change his life by bringing it to an end you destroyed him and destroyed their lives.

“You for a long time have been out of control. You didn’t need to interfere with an argument taking place if there was one between the deceased and his partner – you didn’t have to act in the way you did and get involved in something that had absolutely nothing to do with you.

“Nathaniel had not said or done anything to you but you moved in and hit him and hit him so hard that he was unconscious before he hit the ground.

“If you are not ashamed you really should be.”
The court heard how Turton accepted that his actions had caused great pain to Nathaniel’s family and to his own family, and how he will live with his actions on that night for the rest of his life.

Detective Constable Rebecca Butler, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “I firstly want to thank Nathaniel’s family for their support and cooperation during the investigation and the strength and dignity they have shown throughout the court proceedings.

“Our deepest sympathies and thoughts remain with Nathaniel’s family, friends and everyone who knew him, their loss is heart-breaking and as a force we will continue to offer our support.

“This incident shows how throwing even single punch can have devastating consequences as shown in this case that one moment of aggression can result in a lifetime of consequences, regret and guilt.

“This one moment of aggression will now see Turton behind bars for nearly a decade and still under supervision when he does leave prison for another five years.

“I hope this case shows that we will never tolerate violent offences of this nature and will treat each and every one extremely seriously and do everything we can to bring those responsible in front of the courts.”

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