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Man jailed for pub row killing

PUBLISHED: 14:15 02 September 2010 | UPDATED: 14:45 02 September 2010

VICTIM: Richard Price

VICTIM: Richard Price

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A thug who kicked and stamped a father-to-be to death on Halloween was jailed for eight years today (Thursday).

Jagtar Johal, 38, of Blyth Road, Bromley, left 23 year-old Richard Price in a coma after the attack outside the Swan and Mitre pub in Bromley High Street.

Mr Price, who worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, died in hospital three days later.

Johal was one of four men accused of murdering Mr Price on the night of October 31 last year.

All four were cleared by an Old Bailey jury after they told how Mr Price hurled racist insults before charging them ‘like a raging bull.’

Johal, who claimed he did not intend to seriously hurt the victim, was the only man convicted of manslaughter, following the trial in July.

Jailing him for eight years, Judge Peter Thornton QC told him: “The seriousness of the crime lies in the consequences - you caused the death of Richard Price.

“Your violence took away his life, causing untold distress, grief and heartache for his partner, his family and his friends.

Taxi driver Alan Watts, who was dropping a friend off in the High Street, thought the scuffle was a playfight until he heard a glass smashing.

He saw the victim getting a ‘right good kicking’ and said the gang were ‘like a pack of animals.’

Mr Price, of Southover, Sundridge Park, Bromley, died on November 3 when doctors at the Princess Royal Hospital in Farnborough switched off his life support machine.

Karabeyaz, of Burford Road, Catford, faces a retrial for manslaughter on January 4 next year.

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