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Source: United Kingdom Thames Valley Police

A man from Oxford has been sentenced to four years and eight months’ imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter in a hearing at Oxford Crown Court today (27/11).

John Francis Joyce, aged 31, of Redbridge Hollow in Oxford was originally charged with murder after 33-year-old Anthony Joyce, also of Redbridge Hollow, Oxford, was found dead on the morning of Saturday 27 June this year. An alternative charge of manslaughter was later added to the indictment.

Officers were called by South Central Ambulance Service to a property in Redbridge Hollow, of Abingdon Road, Oxford, at around 11.30am on 27 June following reports that Anthony Joyce had been found unresponsive.

Sadly, he was pronounced dead shortly after.

A Home Office post-mortem examination concluded that Mr Joyce had died as a result of a serious head injury.

Following an investigation, it was ascertained that Anthony Joyce and John Francis Joyce had been involved in an altercation in the early hours of Saturday 27 June.

John Francis Joyce was arrested on 29 June and charged the following day with murder.

In today’s hearing at Oxford Crown Court, Joyce pleaded guilty to manslaughter, but denied murder.

The prosecution accepted John Joyce’s alternative plea of manslaughter, and he was subsequently jailed today.

Senior Investigating Officer Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Bosley, of Thames Valley Police’s Major Crime Unit, said: “This was a needless and tragic incident which has resulted in the death of a young man with his life ahead of him.

“The reasons for the initial altercation between members of the same wider family, may never truly be known, but what is certain, is that the injuries Anthony sustained resulted in his death.

“This sad case highlights starkly the dangers of ‘one-punch’ incidents, which can lead to serious injuries, or sadly in this case, death.

“I would like to thank Anthony Joyce’s family and friends for their patience while we investigated this case. They have had to endure a harrowing time while we investigated, and no family deserve to suffer this sort of ordeal.

“We now have a conviction in relation to Anthony’s death, and I am satisfied that justice has been served and that John Francis Joyce has admitted responsibility.

“Our thoughts remain with Anthony’s family and friends following this needless and tragic incident, and I hope that, in time, they can take some solace in knowing that the person responsible for his death has accepted this and will serve a custodial sentence as a result.”

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