Thug left man to die in road

Killer David Horner - jailed for three years and four months for the manslaughter of Francis Farrell (below)

Killer David Horner - jailed for three years and four months for the manslaughter of Francis Farrell (below)

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A THUG who attacked a Wigan dad and left him to die has been jailed for just three years and four months.

There were gasps in the public gallery as a Liverpool Crown Court judge passed sentence on 23-year-old David Horner who had admitted the manslaughter of Francis Farrell.

Francis Farrell.

Francis Farrell.

The hearing was told that the victim was punched in the face for abruptly refusing a request for a cigarette and fell backwards, hitting the grounds with a “terrible, sickening crack”.

The 56-year-old victim from Beech Hill was found collapsed with a head injury in Frog Lane in the early hours of June 17 this year after a night out in Wigan town centre.

He never regained consciousness and died three days later.

Horner, of Scholes in Scholes, and a friend were celebrating a birthday in Wigan town centre when they ran out of money. They left and walked the short distance to an address just off Frog Lane to pick up some extra cash. On their way back Horner, who was said to be “buzzing” after taking a cocktail of drink and drugs, became separated from his friend and started to pester passers-by for a cigarette.

His friend heard a noise and turned to see Horner running towards him and a man lying in the road. Mr Farrell, who the court heard had also been drinking, was found a short time later unconscious by a passing taxi driver who called an ambulance.

Following his death on June 20, a post-mortem examination concluded that the cause of death was a head injury.