A second man has been convicted of the manslaughter of a 22-year-old in Kettering last August.
Dominik Maruszak, 29, of Digby Street, assisted and encouraged a friend, Marek Krukowski, in a joint enterprise attack on Kamil Gumowski, who died when he fell to the ground after being punched by Krukowski.
The attack took place outside the Euro Food Centre in Silver Street. Krukowski changed his plea to guilty at Northampton Crown Court earlier this week.
Maruszak had said he was trying to intervene and break up a confrontation between Krukowski and Mr Gumowski.
In his closing speech to the jury of nine women and three men earlier on Thursday, David Leathley, representing Maruszak, who has previously been known in court as Maryszak, said his client had himself been intimidated by the aggression displayed by Krukowski and it would be unreasonable to have expected him to do any more to prevent him from delivering the fatal blow.
“Dominik Maruszak was in a no-win situation,” Mr Leathley said.
“The peacemaker is supposed to assume responsibility for this lightening bolt. This punch happened as a bolt of unexpected horror out of the blue.”
Both Maruszak and Krukowski are due to be sentenced in March.