A Bestwood Park man who assaulted a friend after a night out in Mansfield, causing him to hit his head and die, has today admitted causing his death.
Scott Humphrey (26), of Queens Bower Road, Bestwood Park, got into an argument with Richard Rovetto after returning from a night out at around 2am on Sunday 27th July.
Mr Rovetto (29), of Stanhope Crescent, Arnold, was punched and fell to the floor, sustaining a serious head injury.
The father-of-one later died at the Queen’s Medical Centre.
At his first appearance at Nottingham Crown Court today (Monday 18th August), Humphrey pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
DCI Rob Griffin, who led the investigation, said: “This is yet another example of where violence has devastated the lives of many.
“Richard Rovetto has lost his life, while Scott Humphrey faces time in prison for a mindless act of violence.
“After his arrest Humphrey admitted he had got into an argument with Richard, striking out and causing him to fall to the ground and hit his head.
“Humphrey left the scene, and Richard was taken to hospital where sadly the injury resulted in his death.
“An act of violence over in less than a minute has changed everything for all those involved. Richard’s son will have to grow up without his father and his family and friends have been left broken. Humphrey has to live with the guilt of having taken his friend’s life as a result of a drunken argument.
“Violence doesn’t solve anything and this case now sees the family of both Richard Rovetto and Scott Humphrey having to deal with the tragic consequences of that night.”
Humphrey will be sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court on 3rd October 2014.