Halifax man admits manslaughter of Huddersfield pensioner

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A man from Halifax has admitted the manslaughter of a pensioner who died after an incident in a Huddersfield street.

Jacob Crawshaw, 31 of Emscote Avenue, pleaded guilty at Leeds Crown Court this morning(wed) to unlawfully killing Adrian Smith on May 14 this year.

Mr Smith, 69, struck his head on the ground in New Street after he was punched in the face after leaving a town centre public house in Huddersfield. He died of his injuries in Leeds General Infirmary following the assault.

Initially the case was stood down to see if a pre-sentence report could be prepared and given verbally by a probation officer but it was then agreed to adjourn sentence for a full report until next month.

Crawshaw was not brought back into court for the adjournment but remanding him in custody, Judge Geoffrey Marson QC asked his counsel Frida Hussain to tell him the decision.

“The fact I am adjourning for a report does not mean anything other than immediate custody will follow.”

He ordered Crawshaw to be produced in court for the sentence rather than appear over a video link.