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Man jailed for manslaughter of former Ports footballer

PACEMAKLER BELFAST   30/9/2012
Former Portadown footballer David Mills who died last night after being assaulted in ballynahinch. This pic was taken in 2011 at a Portadown club dinner

PACEMAKLER BELFAST 30/9/2012 Former Portadown footballer David Mills who died last night after being assaulted in ballynahinch. This pic was taken in 2011 at a Portadown club dinner

A man has been jailed for the manslaughter of former Portadown footballer David Mills.

Mr Mills (47) received up to 13 punches in an assault in Ballynahinch town centre on September 30 2012.

At Downpatrick Crown Court today John Stanley Foster (31) of Corrigs Road, Newcastle, a cousin of the victim, was sentenced to seven years, half of which he will serve in prison and the remainder on licence.

After a mid-trial admission of manslaughter in December 2013 the trial was halted.

Judge Mr Justice Burgess told Foster that had the jury convicted him for manslaughter he would have faced a 10-year prison sentence.

Mr Mills’ family denied to comment afterwards.

 

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