10 April 2017
Man jailed for killing friend with one punch
A man has been sentenced to five years in prison for killing his
friend with a single punch.
Nigel Williams, 39, of Cowper Street, Olney, was jailed at Luton
Crown Court today (Monday) after pleading guilty to manslaughter in
relation to the death of Mark Munday.
Mr Munday, 48, from Kempston, died after being assaulted by
Williams on Saturday 3 December.
The two had been to a football match in London earlier that day
with a group of friends. On returning to Bedford, Mr Munday decided
to visit the Grafton Hotel for a drink. Just a few seconds
afterwards, Williams entered the pub and punched the victim once in
the head, causing him to collapse.
Emergency services attended and took the victim to hospital
where he sadly died.
An investigation was launched by the Bedfordshire,
Cambridgeshire, and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, and Williams
was arrested shortly afterwards.
Detective Inspector Alan Page, senior investigating officer,
said: "This was an utterly heart-breaking incident which saw the
death of a much loved husband and father of three at the hands of a
man he had called a friend.
"What makes this case even more tragic is how preventable it was
- just one single moment of madness has forever changed the course
of so many lives.
"There is never any excuse for any type of physical assault and
this case highlights how severe the consequences can be for those
who resort to violence in an attempt to resolve their issues. All
it takes is one punch to take away the life of an innocent person
and to forever change the lives of those who loved him.
"I hope this result is of some comfort to the family, though it
can never bring Mark back, and I hope that it makes others think
twice before deciding to throw a punch."
Statement issued on behalf of the Munday
"On behalf of myself and our sons I would like to thank
Bedfordshire Police for their hard work and dedication in bringing
this extremely distressing and tragic situation to its conclusion
today. I would like to send particular thanks to our family liaison
officer who has kept us updated every step of the way though this
"Mark was not only my husband, he was my best friend and
confidante and the backbone of our family for 28 years. He was an
amazing dad to our three sons and his legacy lives on in them.
Mark's death has left a massive hole in our lives and we miss him
more than we can possibly put into words and will do so every day
for the rest of our lives; our world is an emptier place without
him in it and we will love him always.
"I would like to thank my family and friends for their love and
support over the last 18 weeks.
"I would now ask for privacy for my family to allow us to grieve
for Mark and try to rebuild our lives."