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Wandsworth man who killed friend with single punch jailed

Alexander Thomson of Broomwood Road, Wandsworth has today (Friday 10 March 2017) been sentenced to three years in prison for the manslaughter of 23-year-old Thomas Hulme.

The 33-year-old appeared at the Old Bailey after pleading guilty to killing his friend with a single punch after a night out on Friday 26 August 2016.

Both men had left The Fence public house on Cowcross Street, EC1 just before midnight together with three other friends.

During a taxi ride, Thomson put his foot on the opposite seat, next to Mr Hulme.

As they drove down Farringdon Street, Mr Hulme removed his friend’s shoe and threw it out of the taxi window.

In response, Thomson punched Mr Hulme on the side of his head. Friends of the pair told police how blood began to appear at the side of Mr Hulme’s mouth.

A short time later the taxi came to a stop and Thomson got out in an attempt to retrieve his shoe. Witnesses also reported seeing Mr Hulme get out of the vehicle and follow Thomson before collapsing on the ground.

Friends attempted to rouse Mr Hulme and a bystander began performing CPR while another friend called an ambulance.

The City of London Police and the London Ambulance Service arrived on the scene and took Mr Hulme to the Royal London Hospital where he remained on life support until he was pronounced dead at 6.52pm on Saturday 24 August 2016.

Speaking after the sentence had been handed down, Thomas Hulme’s family said: “As a family, we are still in disbelief. Our devastating loss means we are now living life with immense sadness. We no longer have the future we imagined and Tom does not have the life he planned and dreamed of. We miss Tom so much.”

Detective Inspector Sam Toprak from the City of London Police Major Crime Team said: “The two men were friends and had been enjoying a night out when, what started as a prank, ended in tragedy.

“This was a senseless act that has left Thomas Hulme’s family understandably devastated.

“While nothing will change what has happened I hope that today’s sentence will go some way to bring them some closure on this heart-breaking time.”

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