A man who floored a devoted father with a single punch has been jailed for the killing – after his victim died more than a year after the attack.

Jack Shepherd, 21, had already served time in prison for assaulting victim Stephen Coverley after the incident on January 1 2016, Nottinghamshire Police said.

But Mr Coverley was left with a severe brain injury caused by a clot as a result of the attack.

After months in hospital, the father-of-three died after developing pneumonia, in June last year.

Shepherd – who was 18 at the time of the assault – was handed a sentence of two years and nine months at Nottingham Crown Court today, after admitting manslaughter.

He had previously been handed a 28-month prison sentence after pleading guilty to assault.

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A post mortem found that Mr Coverley, described by his family as ‘a wonderful and loving husband and father’, had been at increased risk of developing aspiration pneumonia, as a result of the assault.

On the night of the attack, the 46-year-old had been enjoying a night out celebrating New Year’s Eve.

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A dispute happened outside the night spot resulting in Mr Coverley being hit once in the face, causing him to fall and inflicting a serious head injury.

After sentencing, Detective Constable Sharon Lowth, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: ‘Stephen Coverley was a devoted family man whose wife, daughter and two sons have been left heart-broken by the actions of Jack Shepherd.

‘His death is a stark illustration of just how much damage and devastation one single punch can cause.

‘I hope it highlights to people that getting involved in any kind of violent behaviour can have tragic consequences.

‘A family has lost a loved one and Shepherd is now spending time behind bars all because of one punch.’

Mr Coverley’s family, in a statement released through police, said: ‘Stephen was a wonderful and loving husband and father.

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‘With one punch Jack Shepherd has completely devastated and destroyed an entire family.

‘Although the sentence today will not bring Stephen back we are satisfied this is a just sentence.’

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