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Thug who killed man with a single punch after drunken row jailed for six years for manslaughter 

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Thug, 32, who killed man with a single punch when he hit him so hard it 'lifted him off his feet' after drunken row over a bottle of wine is jailed for six years for manslaughter

  • Guy Pottle punched Anthony Moore, 40, so hard he collapsed to the pavement 
  • The row started after Mr Moore took a swig from Pottle's bottle of wine in Exeter 
  • Pottle, a convicted drug dealer, had been released from prison two days earlier 
  • He previously served a four year sentence for attacking a friend with a machete
  • Pottle denied manslaughter but was convicted by a jury at Exeter Crown Court 

By Henry Martin For Mailonline

Published: 13:07 EST, 11 February 2019 | Updated: 13:21 EST, 11 February 2019

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Guy Pottle (pictured), 32, was released from prison two days before he punched Anthony Moore
Guy Pottle (pictured), 32, was released from prison two days before he punched Anthony Moore

Guy Pottle (pictured), 32, was released from prison two days before he punched Anthony Moore

A violent thug who killed a man with a single punch two days after he was released from prison was sent back to jail for six years today.

Guy Pottle, 32, struck 40-year-old Anthony Moore with a right hook, sending him crashing to the pavement on June 30 last year.  

Pottle had said Mr Moore angered him when he took a swig from his bottle of wine after they had spent the day socialising with friends at the Respect Festival in Exeter, Devon.    

At around 10.40pm Pottle was seen drinking from outside Tesco Metro in Exeter High Street, and Mr Moore snatched the bottle from him to take a swig, Devon Live reported.   

Pottle snatched it back and punched Mr Moore in the face, causing him to fall to the ground and lay unconscious while his his girlfriend Amy Tatum consoled him.

After striking his victim with a single 'haymaker', Pottle walked away with the bottle as Ms Tatum knelt crying beside her boyfriend.

Paramedics arrived at the scene and took Mr Moore to hospital, but he died on July 9 after suffering bleeding to the brain.

Pottle, the taller man, punched Mr Moore after a row broke out over a bottle of wine
Pottle, the taller man, punched Mr Moore after a row broke out over a bottle of wine

Pottle, the taller man, punched Mr Moore after a row broke out over a bottle of wine

Further CCTV, captured at a nearby Sainsbury's 20 minutes before the fatal attack, showed Pottle stealing a sandwich before headbutting and punching the shop's manager, according to reports.

Pottle denied manslaughter but was convicted by a jury at Exeter Crown Court.

Sentencing, judge Mrs Justice May said the single punch was so hard 'it lifted him off his feet', adding that Pottle suffered with 'impulsive and violent responses to challenges'. 

He had previously served a four year sentence for attacking a friend with a machete in 2014 and was said to have a long history of violence.

On the day he attacked Mr Moore, he had been drinking to celebrate his release from prison after spending three months on remand for drug dealing charges, the North Devon Gazette reported.

Pottle had claimed he felt threatened and was acting in self defence - but the CCTV showed his victim had his hands by his sides.

After sentencing, Detective Superintendent Jo Hall said: 'This was an incident involving a group of people that knew each other.

'A brief argument over alcohol led to Mr Pottle assaulting Mr Moore in an unprovoked manner that sadly led to his death.'

Prosecutor Peter Coombe said Pottle has a history of violence and he was under the influence of alcohol at the time.

Lee Bremridge, defending, said: 'It was not a premeditated offence, it was quick to start and soon coming to an end. He feels genuine remorse.'

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