Man jailed over death of brother-in-law following fight

Man jailed over death of brother-in-law following fight

A MAN whose brother-in-law died after the pair were involved in a fight has been jailed.

Martin Casey assaulted William 'Billy' Harty in Bedale Drive, Leicester, during an altercation in the early hours of Monday, October 25, 2021.

Mr Harty, who was married to Casey's sister, was found in the street suffering from head and facial injuries.

The 28-year-old was taken to hospital where he died during the early hours of the following morning.

Casey, 29, of Golf Course Lane, Leicester, handed himself in at a police station shortly after Mr Harty's death.

When he was arrested, Casey stated to officers that he had been involved in a fight with Mr Harty.

Manslaughter plea

Casey stood trial at Leicester Crown Court charged with murder and was found not guilty of murder by a jury on Thursday, May 12.

He pleaded guilty to manslaughter at an earlier hearing and was this week sentenced to three years and four months in prison.

"There are certainly no winners in this case, a family have lost a loved one and a young man now faces a considerable time behind bars for his actions," said Detective Inspector Jenni Heggs, the senior investigating officer.

"William's family and friends have shown immense courage and dignity throughout the investigation and legal proceedings, because of the family connections this was in no way easy for them.

"Yet again, this case demonstrates the consequences of violent behaviour which has resulted in a life being lost.

"Hopefully the time Casey will now serve in prison will give him an opportunity to consider his actions and the impact not only on him but his family too."