Thug who killed Nigerian man with a single punch in UK sentenced to jail (PHOTOS)

A convicted criminal who killed a young Nigerian dad with a single punch to the face has been jailed for six years and nine months.

Esinkumo Ayabowei, 27, fell backwards and hit his head on the ground when he was struck by Kieran Roberts, 26, in an unprovoked attack outside a nightclub.

The punch shattered Mr Ayabowei's jaw and knocked him unconscious, and he suffered a fractured skull when his head hit the floor.

Mr Ayabowei, a dad-of-two, never regained consciousness and died despite efforts to save him at the scene and in hospital, the Daily Post reports.

The court heard Roberts was released from prison shortly before the attack and had boasted about his release, saying he was "going to bang someone out tonight”.

Roberts, who was drunk, approached Mr Ayabowei and without warning or provocation punched him outside the Peep nightclub in Bangor, North Wales, in the early hours of April 1.

Kieran Roberts, 26 (Image: North Wales Police)

One witness said the sound of it was “like something being broken”.

Paul Lewis QC, prosecuting, said others intervened and an ambulance was called.

Roberts, who had previously been jailed for five years in July 2013 for holding a sawn off shotgun to another man's head, admitted manslaughter in Mr Ayabowei's death.

Judge Paul Thomas QC sentenced him to six years and nine months with an extended licence period of five years.

Roberts showed no emotion as he was led away to the cells.

Esinkumo Ayabowei (Photo credit: Facebook)

The judge told Caernarfon Crown Court that the victim had simply gone out that night for a good time, but Roberts went out "looking for trouble".

He described Mr Ayabowei, of Llangefni, Anglesey, as a "hapless victim" and added that Roberts poses a very high risk of causing serious injury to another person in future.

Members of both men's families were in court to watch the sentencing hearing.

Mr Ayabowei was originally from Nigeria, and was known as Henry and Romeo to his friends.

His death has left his widow Melicia Gerrard “in ruins" and feeling "like an empty shell".

The court heard that on March 31 Roberts, of Bangor, was said to be boasting about his release from prison, saying he was “going to bang someone out tonight”.


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