A Corby man has been given a life sentence with a minimum term of 12 and a half years for the murder of a man that he punched at a KFC in Corby, who later died of serious head injuries.
Ashley Palmer, aged 33, of Moss Walk, Corby, had admitted manslaughter, but denied murdering 38-year-old Bernard Farrell, from Birmingham on the evening of Tuesday, 3 November, 2015.
Following a week-long trial at Northampton Crown Court in September, the jury unanimously found him guilty of murder. Palmer was sentenced today (Thursday).
The jury heard evidence that Bernard Farrell had been inside the KFC in Oakley Road, Corby with his fiancé.
Palmer had entered the restaurant, walked straight up to the victim and punched him to the head twice, causing Bernard to fall to the floor. He had then kicked him to the head while he lay on the floor.
Bernard’s fiancé had confronted the defendant, at which point he had punched her to the face, causing her to also fall to the floor unconscious.
Bernard suffered serious head injuries from the assault and was taken to University Hospital Coventry where he later died.
The court heard that the victim had had an interaction with Palmer’s girlfriend, in the town, earlier on in the night.
The defence argued that this interaction is what had motivated Palmer to attack Bernard. The prosecution disagreed with Palmers account.
Detective Inspector Phil Mills, from the Major Crime Team, said: “Ashley Palmer took the life of a man, in a brutal and unprovoked attack. He then also attacked the victim’s fiancé.