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Full report: Man jailed for killing friend

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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Wiltshire Police's statement

Here is a statement, issued today by Detective Chief Inspector Ian Saunders on behalf of Wiltshire Police.

Richard Elmes has been sentenced to 5 years and 2 months for the manslaughter of Adrian Cooksey, and perjury.

The two men had been socialising and were on their way home. There was an argument which resulted in Elmes delivering the blow which caused Adrian to fall and hit his head. Elmes then left the scene; he made no attempt to get Adrian any medical help.

For three years, Richard Elmes continually and deliberately lied about his involvement to police and lied under oath.

Throughout this investigation we have worked closely with Adrian’s family. We hope they can now find some peace of mind.

– Wiltshire Police


Statement of victim's family

This is the statement issued on behalf of the family of victim Adrian Cooksey.

Whatever sentence passed would never be enough to satisfy us. Richard Elmes has continued to lie and avoid the truth.

This was supposed to be our Dad's friend. It has now been clarified that he punched our Dad to the ground and left him lying there.

How anyone can live with this and continue to lie to save their own skin deserves to have the key thrown away.

Our family has been dealt a life sentence by this man.

– Family of Adrian Cooksey

Jury to visit crime scene

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.