An man has been jailed for four years for killing a fellow street drinker after punching him in a drunken scuffle close to Aberdeen Maritime Museum.
Francis Thomson, known also as McPhee, was convicted yesterday at a High Court of causing the death of Scott Ashton, who smashed his head off the cobbles in Shiprow during the fight.
The 44-year-old was rushed to hospital by ambulance, but he was left unattended for hours before he was seen by a doctor.
His condition rapidly deteriorated and Mr Ashton had to undergo emergency surgery after medics discovered he was suffering from a bleed to the brain.
Despite the operation being hailed a success, Mr Ashton died in hospital three days later after having suffered from pneumonia.
Doctors believe this was caused by him being placed on a ventilator to help him breathe following the surgery.
Thomson had been on trial over the course of the last two weeks having denied the charge of culpable homicide against him.
He claimed that the punch he threw at Mr Ashton’s face, which sent him stumbling backwards onto the hard street, was in self defence having been hit first.
However a jury of nine women and six men took an hour and 15 minutes to find him guilty by majority.
The judge said that he did not know what caused the fight that day but he accepted Thomson had shown genuine remorse for his actions which he would now have to live with for the rest of his life.
He backdated his four year sentence to October last year when he was first remanded in custody.