Attacker admits he threw punch...then went to change shirt

A MAN on trial for manslaughter got changed then went out for another drink as his victim lay in the street, a court heard.

Daniel Duckworth’s trial was told he and fiancée Michelle Burrells went back to their home in West Street, Sowerby Bridge, where he put on a different T-shirt and she changed her jeans.

They then headed to Bridges Bar to carry on drinking.

Minutes earlier, 36-year-old Duckworth had punched Richard Reynolds in nearby Wharf Street.

The 42-year-old hit his head on the ground and died 12 days later.

Duckworth denies manslaughter and claims he only acted to protect Miss Burrells.

She had left him inside the Roxy nightclub to go and buy cigarettes when Mr Reynolds and his friend Martin Potts approached her.

Duckworth, who followed her, claims he acted to protect her when they made vulgar sexual threats.

He said: “I only had a few split seconds to think. I didn’t know what was going to happen to her.”

Miss Burrells told the court she had felt “threatened and very frightened” by the pair’s behaviour.

Prosecutor Stephen Wood said: “It is a nasty, vicious lie that you and Mr Duckworth came up with to try and sully their character.”

The court heard the couple left Mr Reynolds lying on the ground as bystanders rushed to his aid.

The pair claimed not to have known how seriously he was hurt, despite driving past the scene on their way home.

“It’s not something you really expect to happen,” said Duckworth.

Explaining why he got changed, he said: “I’d had that top on for five hours and I like to change my clothes regularly.”

Medical reports concluded Mr Reynolds died from head injuries as a result of the fall. He also suffered a fractured jaw and sinus.

Duckworth initially denied punching him but admitted it after seeing CCTV footage. He told the court he did not remember doing it.

Mr Wood said: “You have a ‘punch first, think second’ mentality. That’s what happened with very tragic consequences on the night of May 13.”

Jurors were told Duckworth has previous convictions for assault occasioning actual bodily harm, criminal damage and threatening behaviour.

The trial at Bradford Crown Court continues.