Teenager found not guilty of Kettering manslaughter

Police in Barnwell Street in June 2013, the day after the incident
Police in Barnwell Street in June 2013, the day after the incident

A teenager has been found not guilty of causing the death of a Kettering man following a fight in Barnwell Street in June 2013.

Ryan Turner, 19, of Poppy Fields, was accused of delivering one of the blows which knocked 41-year-old Marc Sturgess unconscious.

He had been accused of committing manslaughter during the incident which happened when Mr Sturgess and two other men, Barry Denney and Jason Loake, were in Barnwell Street allegedly looking for a man called Josh Turner, with whom Mr Loake had a confrontation a month previously.

Mr Sturgess died about six weeks after the incident.

In court last Friday, Judge Rupert Mayo ruled there was not enough evidence to prosecute Ryan Turner and ordered the jury to acquit him.

Charges of violent disorder were also dropped against Mr Denney, 43, from Edgar Road, and Mr Loake, 44, from St Matthew’s Road.

The trial began last Monday, March 9, and had lasted several days.

The court had heard that there had been a fight in a Kettering pub about a month before the June 2013 incident between Josh Turner and Mr Loake, which had left Mr Loake with an injured hand.

The prosecution alleged that this had led to Mr Loake, Mr Denney and Mr Sturgess turning up to Josh Turner’s home a month earlier.

A spokesman for the Crown Prosecution Service said another man, Jake Freeland, 28, from Tordoff Place in Kettering, had pleaded guilty to manslaughter at an earlier hearing and will be sentenced at Northampton Crown Court at a date to be decided.