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LFC fan jailed for killing best friend with one punch

Paul Lightowler (left) and Richard Eveleigh (right) on the way to watch a Liverpool game. Photo: Liverpool Echo

A Liverpool fan who killed his best friend with a single blow after a "silly row" when the team lost the Europa League final has been sentenced to 28 months in prison.

Richard Eveleigh, 63, lashed out at his friend Paul Lightowler after the pair went to watch the game together.

The 60-year-old then fell and hit his head - and died several days later.

Mr Lightowler was taken to hospital after the incident in Gradwell Street, in Liverpool city centre, on May 18 this year.

Richard Eveleigh, from Barnston, Wirral, was originally arrested on suspicion of wounding him with intent.

But his friend, from Wallasey, died in hospital on May 27 and Eveleigh was subsequently charged with his killing.

The two men had been friends for 45 years at the time of the match.

Liverpool lost the UEFA Europa League final 3-1 to Sevilla at the St. Jakob-Park stadium in Basel, Switzerland after taking the lead.

This case goes to show that one punch can kill, and people who are intent on violence should think about the very serious consequences of their actions before raising a fist. There is no place in our communities for people who commit such violent crimes.

Eveleigh does not need reminding of the enormity of what he has done and the pain and heartache he has caused Paul's family and friends. Our thoughts are with them today.

– Detective Sergeant Phil Atkinson, Merseyside Police

Judge Goldstone told Mr Eveleigh he will serve approximately half of the 28 month sentence before being released on licence.