A yob killed a beloved dad with one punch in a brutal attack – over a £25 debt.
Mitchell Thorpe, 28, targeted Craig Parker on Stockwood Road in Bristol shortly before 11pm on March 25 last year.
He got out of an Audi and walked up to Mr Parker, punching him in the face before fleeing in the same vehicle.
The 45-year-old victim was taken to hospital but tragically died from his injuries on April 7.
Thorpe had earlier texted Mr Parker about the debt and witnesses had heard him make threats.
He was sentenced at Bristol Crown Court to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of manslaughter at a previous hearing.
His partner, Sophie George, who lived with Thorpe, admitted one charge of perverting the course of justice at the same hearing.
She lied to police and claimed Thorpe was at home the night Mr Parker was attacked.
The 24-year-old received a nine-month suspended sentence and was ordered to carry out 70 hours of unpaid work.
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Mr Parker's family said in a statement: "The night of the 25 March 2020 is the night that changed our lives forever.
"Mitchell Thorpe took someone precious away from his family and friends.
"To say we are heartbroken is an understatement.
"Craig was ours, he was a son, a brother, an uncle, a father and a friend and Thorpe took him away from his family, where he belongs.
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"We will never see that beautiful cheeky smile of his. We will never see his beautiful blue eyes.
"We will never be able to have another birthday or Christmas with him.
"He will never see his children grow up into adults, get married and have children of their own.
"The sentence today will not bring Craig back but we hope it will keep Mitchell Thorpe from committing such an heinous crime again and to save another family of having to experience what we have had to go going through by his hands ever again, all for the measly amount of money of £25."
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