Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

THUG IS FOUND GUILTY OF KILLING 'SALFORD JOHN' ; Jury Unanimously Rejects Claim at Manslaughter Trial That the Fatal Punch Was Thrown in Self-Defence

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

THUG IS FOUND GUILTY OF KILLING 'SALFORD JOHN' ; Jury Unanimously Rejects Claim at Manslaughter Trial That the Fatal Punch Was Thrown in Self-Defence

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AMAN has been found guilty of killing a popular clubber with a single punch.

John Millett was so wellknown to ravers he was immortalised in the cult record 'Salford John' by Manchester dance producer Bricky T Mortar. Months later 'bighearted' Mr Millett, 34, was dead, felled by a single punch after celebrating a friend's birthday at South nightclub.

Simon Tarry, 27, of Ennerdale Road, Stretford, struck Mr Millett, causing catastrophic head injuries, at the junction of Deansgate and Bridge Street in Manchester city centre.

Tarry denied manslaughter in a Manchester Crown Court manslaughter trial that heard that minutes before the fatal punch, he had thrown a 'vicious right hook' at a man outside South, but missed, before throwing a bag of rubbish at Mr Millett's group.

When Mr Millett confronted Tarry he was punched to the jaw. He was taken to hospital but died six days later with his family by his bedside.

Tarry alleged in court that he was 'retreating from' Mr Millett and his friend John Wheeler, and that he acted in self-defence after they refused to accept his apologies for his earlier behaviour. …

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