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Teenager cleared of manslaughter of Robert Adamczyk
9:43am Thursday 19th September 2013 in News
A TEENAGER has been cleared of the manslaughter of a North Yorkshire man who died from head injuries while out on a stag night in Leeds.
Robert Adamczyk, 28 an engineer from South Milford, fell to the ground after being punched in the early hours of December 9 last year.
Andrew Wright, 19, admitted striking the blow, but said he had done it because he feared he was going to be hit.
Wright, of Whingate Grove, Leeds, was found not guilty by a jury at Leeds Crown Court of the manslaughter of Mr Adamczyk and also cleared of affray. His friend David Taylor, 19, of Prince Edward Grove, Wortley, Leeds, was also found not guilty of affray.
A third teenager, Kyle Monkman, from Armley, Leeds, previously admitted affray and will be sentenced today.
Wright told Leeds Crown Court he and his friends were walking along New Briggate when they passed Mr Adamczyk and his friend, James Pollard.
He said he had not paid any attention to them, but heard one of his friends, Monkman, saying: “Sorry mate, what was that?” He then heard Taylor say they did not want any trouble to the two older men, but heard Taylor say: “If you are going to hit anybody hit me”.
Wright told the jury: “Mr Adamczyk hit him with his right hand, it connected with the left side of his face.”
Wright looked back at Mr Adamczyk. “He was looking at me like he was going to hit me. He had his fist already clenched and drew it further back and that’s when I hit him to get away. I felt threatened basically when he looked at me. I don’t look for fighting, I don’t want it. As he was clenching his fist all I could think of was I’m going to get hit or I hit him, so I hit him to get away.”
When he subsequently heard Mr Adamczyk had died, Wright said: “I was shocked, upset, I didn’t know what to do.”