Morecambe man jailed for manslaughter

Christopher Kearns.

Christopher Kearns.

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A Morecambe man has been sentenced to three years and four months in prison for killing a 55-year-old man in the resort last year.

Christopher Kearns, 40, of Marine Road East, was sentenced at Preston Crown Court on Monday after previously pleading guilty to the manslaughter of Paul Ormerod. Around 1.15am on November 5 2012, Mr Ormerod was assaulted outside the Joiners Arms pub on Queen Street. He was punched in the face and fell to the ground.

He was taken to Royal Preston Hospital where he remained in a critical condition until he passed away on November 14.

Detective Inspector Martin Clague said: “This was a mindless act of drunken violence which resulted in the most tragic of consequences.

“This case has not only destroyed the lives of Paul’s family but also Christopher Kearns’ own life.

“It should serve as a stark warning to people about the dangers of alcohol and the impact it can have on person’s decision making – Christopher Kearns didn’t intend to kill anybody that night, but tragically his drunken actions have resulted in the death of another man.

“I hope today’s sentencing will go some way to allowing Paul’s family to try and move forward with their lives, although I appreciate Paul’s death is something they will never fully come to terms with.”