THE man accused of killing Peterlee dad Mark Dixon in a one-punch attack on a night out in Hartlepool has today found guilty of his manslaughter.
Paul Sutton, 29, of Raby Gardens, Hartlepool, felled Mr Dixon after he confronted him over a remark he’d made towards a female friend.
He claimed he acted in self-defence, as he thought the 32-year-old, from Peterlee, was about to assault him.
Mr Dixon, who was married with a young daughter, struck his head on the ground as he fell, and died in hospital from his injuries six days later.
Today, at the end of a four-day trial, Sutton was found guilty of manslaughter by the jury after a couple of hours’ deliberation.
There were shouts of “Yes!” from Mr Dixon’s family and friends in the public gallery at Teesside Crown Court as the verdict was announced.
The judge stood the case down until the court could be cleared and order restored.
On its resumption, the judge asked for reports on Sutton, and remanded him in custody, with sentencing to be carried out at a later date.
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