Leeds World Cup fight man not guilty

A man has been cleared of the manslaughter of a football fan who died after he was knocked out by a single punch outside a Leeds pub following an England World Cup match.

A jury was shown CCTV footage of Robert Wilson, 44, falling to the ground after he was hit by Christopher Perry outside the Skyrack, Headingley, on June 12.

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Mr Wilson, of West Park, fractured his skull when his head hit the floor and he died in hospital 11 days later.

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Perry insisted he was only acting in self defence. He was acquitted yesterday by jury at Leeds Crown Court after less than two hours of deliberations.

The incident happened in the evening following England's 1-1 draw with the USA

The court heard about a brief scuffle involving Perry's group of friends which developed in the pub's beer garden as they left.

CCTV footage shown in court showed the group then cross the road outside.

Witnesses said Mr Wilson followed them out and started shouting at Perry.

The court heard he shouted things like: "Let's finish this" and "bring it on".

Perry walked back across the road but, giving evidence, he told the jury he only struck Mr Wilson because he thought he was going to get hit himself.

He said he acted instinctively to pre-empt what he thought was going to be a punch from Mr Wilson.

Perry told the court he was devastated by what happened.

The 26-year-old said he was shocked when he saw on the news two days after the incident that a man had been attacked outside the pub.

He cried when asked to describe how he felt when told Mr Wilson had died.

He said: "I have got to deal with that for the rest of my life now, no matter what it was over."

The incident was caught by a number of cameras in the surrounding area.

Perry, of Shadwell Walk, Leeds, denied one charge of manslaughter.

He smiled at friends and family as he left the court.

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