A DRUNK, baby-faced teenager who knocked a man unconscious in a vicious street attack has been cleared of his murder.
Kelsea O’Hara was 19 when she hit Andrew Turner, 58, after he refused to apologize for meeting her friend in Bridlington, East Yorkshire.
Mr Turner fell to the ground after being hit by O’Hara, hitting his head on the ground and knocking him unconscious.
He died six days later in September last year while Humberside Police were launching a murder investigation.
Hull Crown Court heard that O’Hara, now 20, slapped Mr Turner after he failed to apologize to her pal, leaving him a five to seven inch cut on the back of his head.
However, experts told the court that O’Hara was not responsible for his death, even though her victim died so soon after the violent attack.
She pleaded guilty to the violation and was sentenced to a six-month suspended sentence and a curfew by Judge Sophie McKone.
Andrew Espley, prosecutor, said Mr Turner went for drinks with a friend in Bridlington, where O’Hara and four of her friends had also been drinking.
Mr. Turner’s friend knew one of O’Hara’s friends and he apologized to her for an incident a few weeks ago.
O’Hara confronted Mr Turner on Marlborough Terrace around 1.30am and asked him if he would apologize to one of her friends whom he accidentally met, but he declined.
Mr Espley said: “O’Hara threw her purse on the ground and lunged at Mr Turner, punching him once in the face and rendering him unconscious as he fell to the ground, hitting his head as he fell. ”
“He tried to get up when he regained consciousness but couldn’t. Mr Turner didn’t die until September 3, so she wouldn’t have been asked if he caused his death.
“The punch appears to have been impulsive and spontaneous and it was a punch.”
Police and paramedics rushed to the scene, but MR Turner refused to go to hospital and his injuries were not initially believed to be life-threatening.
O’Hara was arrested and made no comment during the police interview and was not questioned further as Mr Turner was still alive.
Hull Crown Court heard his death had “nothing to do with” O’Hara, which was confirmed by a pathologist and a neuropathologist.
Dale Brook said O’Hara was originally charged with intentionally causing grievous bodily harm, but she denied it.
Mr Brook added: “She has expressed heartfelt and sincere remorse for what she did that night and what happened to the victim.
“It has taken a significant toll on her. She understandably thought a lot about whether she was the cause of what happened to the victim. This is a tragic case.
“She behaved inexcusably, which had serious consequences for everyone involved.
“It was out of character and it’s likely she learned a very painful lesson because of what happened that night.”
O’Hara was sentenced to a six-month suspended sentence, a six-month 7pm to 6am curfew and 20 days of rehabilitation.
Judge Sophie McKone, who sentenced O’Hara, said: “Mr. Turner has since passed away, but I make it absolutely clear that you bear no responsibility.
“There is evidence from two experts, a pathologist and a neuropathologist, who concluded that your actions did not contribute to his death.
“They were violent towards him. They had been drinking. You have asked Mr Turner to apologize because you say he met a friend of yours.
“He may have refused to apologize, but that wasn’t a reason to use force and hit someone because you weren’t happy about it. It’s absolutely no excuse.”
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