BREAKING: ‘Not guilty’ verdict in North Somercotes manslaughter trial

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A jury in the trial of Jareth Wadner, the local man who is accused of manslaughter following an incident last June, have today (March 19) returned a not guilty verdict following a four-day trial at Nottingham Crown Court.

The jury determined that Wadner, 25, of Louth Road in South Somercotes, was not guilty of committing manslaughter following an incident in North Somercotes, which took place in the early hours of June 1 last year.

Wayne Jennings, 43, died in hospital three days later after receiving a severe head injury following the incident in Jubilee Road.

The court heard that Mr Wadner had admitted punching Mr Jennings once in the face but said he was acting in self defence.

Senior Investigating Officer, DI Helen Evans, from East Midlands Special Operations Unit (Major Crime) said: “Wayne Jennings’ death was completely unnecessary. His family will continue to suffer their loss and, tragically, their lives will never be the same again.

“This case illustrates the reality that, in a moment of violence, throwing just one punch can kill. I hope it reminds people that no matter what the perceived circumstances are, it is always better to take a deep breath and turn and walk away. The devastating consequences are that it changes the lives of everyone involved forever”.

The trial began at Nottingham Crown Court on Monday (March 16).

• To read the statement released by Wayne Jennings’ widow following the verdict, click here.