Man admits to manslaughter outside Galleywood Social Club

A Chelmsford man will be sentenced later this year, after admitting his actions caused the death of a man in Galleywood in 2019.

Tributes paid to his victim, 47-year-old George Donald, spoke of a “funny, caring and decent” man, whose smile “lit up the room”.

The trial of 30-year old Callum Manning, of Berkely Drive, was due to start at Chelmsford Crown Court this week.

On the first day of his trial on Wednesday March 17, Manning pleaded guilty to Mr Donald’s manslaughter.

He admitted pushing George, causing him to fall to the pavement, outside the Galleywood Social Club on Saturday November 3, 2019. The men, who were known to each other, had been enjoying separate nights out at the club prior to the assault.

When emergency services arrived at the scene, shortly after 11:15pm, Mr Donald had lost consciousness and had suffered a life-threatening head injury after hitting the pavement.

He died in hospital on Sunday February 23, 2020.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Greg Wood, said: “For the sake of George’s family, I’m glad that Manning spared them the anguish of a trial and finally admitted his actions.

“For George’s loved ones, their lives changed forever on that November night, and they have shown a huge amount of courage and dignity throughout this investigation. My thoughts are with them all at this time.

“As bars and clubs prepare to open again after lockdown, I’d like this to be a stark warning for everyone: getting drunk, or being under the influence of other substances, is not an excuse for violence.

“No matter how small the action – a push, in this case – it can change, or end, a life, and leave families broken forever. Don’t be tempted by violence, just walk away.”

Manning will be sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court at a later date.

Mick Ferris

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