Three years for a dad’s life

Christopher Kearns
Christopher Kearns

Family and friends of a father-of-two have spoken of their ‘disgust’ after his killer was jailed for three years and four months.

Paul Ormerod died after Christopher Kearns punched him in the face during a night out in Morecambe.

Mr Ormerod’s friend Mick Mcnamara, who witnessed the attack, said: “I’m absolutely disgusted. My mate got killed that night and Kearns could be out in 15 months.”

Kearns, 40, of Marine Road East, pleaded guilty to manslaughter. He was sentenced on Monday at Preston Crown Court. Mr Mcnamara said the victim’s son Connor and brother Gary walked out of the hearing in disbelief when they heard the sentence.

Mr Ormerod, a 55-year-old fizzy drink salesman known as Pop man Paul, was assaulted on Queen Street on November 5, 2012.

He died of his injuries nine days later. Det Insp Martin Clague said: “This case should serve as a stark warning about the dangers of alcohol and the impact it can have on decision making. Kearns didn’t intend to kill anybody but his drunken actions have resulted in Mr Ormerod’s death.”