Oakham man jailed for manslaughter
An Oakham man who carried out a drink and drug-fuelled attack on a 42 year old has today been jailed for three years and four months for causing his death.
Jamie North attacked Neil Corby after being invited into his home in Gaol Street, Oakham, for a drink
Mr Corby’s body was found in the lounge of his flat at 7.30am the following day.
He died from head injuries, but his poor state of health at the time also contributed to his death, Leicester Crown Court was today told.
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North admitted manslaughter on the night of Wednesday September 19 last year.
Mr Corby’s sister, Louise Mumford, of Oakham, said after the sentencing: “The whole family are extremely disappointed and shocked.”
Her brother, Barry Corby, 32, of Melton, added: “Neil has left a big gap in our lives.
“We’re numb with grief.”
Peter Joyce, QC prosecuting, said the defendant joined a number of people drinking at the victim’s home, before becoming violent.
North (33) of Glen Drive, Oakham, delivered four or five punches of “moderately severe blows” to Mr Corby’s head, causing a broken nose with a cut eye brow and lips.
Mr Corby cleaned up his injuries and did not appear to show signs of being mortally injured in the aftermath, telling his friends he did not want an ambulance.
North was said to have been the worse for drink and had smoked cannabis before the assault.
Sentencing, Judge Michael Pert QC said: “You’ve pleaded guilty to causing death by an unlawful act in circumstances where you didn’t intent to kill or cause serious harm.
“It was an attack on a man in his own home.
“No-one was to know that after the attack his condition was such that within a few hours he would die.”
Philip Shears QC, mitigating, said: “The defendant couldn’t have known of the deceased’s medical problems that sadly contributed to his death.
“He’s deeply sorry for the death of Neil Corby.
“He was shocked when he heard the news the next day.”
“It wasn’t pre-planned.”
North was originally charged with murder but the prosecution later accepted his plea to manslaughter.
He also admitted common assault during the same incident, by punching another person, who received minor injuries.
He was given a concurrent four month jail sentence for that offence.