A man who killed his childhood friend after a heavy drinking session has been jailed for more than five years. Richard Elmes denied killing Adrian Cooksey in Melksham in 2009. The builder was found dying in the street after being struck by a single punch.
He admitted lying in a previous case when an innocent man was in the dock charged with the killing. But a jury decided he was the man responsible for Mr Cooksey's death.
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Here is a statement, issued today by Detective Chief Inspector Ian Saunders on behalf of Wiltshire Police.
This is the statement issued on behalf of the family of victim Adrian Cooksey.
Richard Elmes, who was convicted of the manslaughter of his friend Adrian Cooksey, has been sentenced to five years and two months in jail.
Elmes had punched Mr Cooksey in the street in Melksham two years ago. He was sentenced today at Bristol Crown Court.
The jury in the trial of a man accused of killing a Wiltshire builder is today due to visit the spot where he was attacked.
Adrian Cooksey was found unconscious in Spa Road in Melksham three years ago. He died later of his injuries.
His friend, Richard Elmes denies manslaughter but admitted a perjury charge. He lied under oath at the trial of a man who was previously accused of killing Mr Cooksey.