A THUG robbed a dad-to-be of the chance to hold his newborn son.
Tragic Steven Corbett was looking forward to the future after being told he was to become a father for the first time.
But the 27-year-old never got the chance to see his son after he was killed in a senseless, brutal attack by Keith Ramshaw.
Ramshaw, 30, punched Steven unconscious before stamping on his face after an argument broke out after a stag night.
Steven, a salesman, was taken to hospital but died the next day from his injuries.
Five months after his death, little Dylan Steven Corbett, was born.
Today, as Ramshaw begins a seven-and-a-half year sentence after admitting manslaughter, Steven’s family told of the pain they still face as they struggle to come to terms with the death.
Steven’s mum Margy Corbett said: “Nothing can ever make up for the loss of Steven. His death has left a huge hole in our lives that will never be filled.
“The one thing I have to look forward to and to help me cope with what happened to Steven is the fact that he and girlfriend Carrie have produced my gorgeous grandson. It has now been six months since Steven was killed and every day seems to be harder than the one before.
“I try and cope with life the best I can, but everything I do is such a huge effort.
“He is the last thing on my mind when I go to bed at night and he is the first thing I think about when I wake up.”
At Newcastle Crown Court yesterday, Ramshaw said he did not intend to kill or cause serious harm to Steven and that he did not have a complete recollection of what happened due to the amount he had had to drink.
The court heard Ramshaw had been due to be best man at his brother’s wedding and had organised a stag night around Sunderland city centre. Steven was one of the guests.
Trouble had started when the party ended up at Passion nightclub and an argument broke out.
At the end of the night, the guests went their separate ways and Steven, who had nothing to do with the arguments, went to his friend’s house in Town End Farm where he had been invited to stay the night.
Soon after, Ramshaw turned up at the door and continued the trouble inside the house.
When Steven, also of Town End Farm, asked Ramshaw to “cool down” and consider the neighbours, he was punched in the face. A struggle then broke out between the two men and ended with Steven staying in the bathroom.
The court heard Ramshaw then went to leave the property but launched a second, brutal attack on his way out despite Steven screaming “stop, stop”.
Ramshaw, of Bootle Street, Town End Farm, was originally charged with murder but prosecutors accepted his guilty plea to the lesser charge of manslaughter after a pathologist concluded the fatal injury, a subaracnoid haemorrhage, was likely to have been caused by one of the punches. Steven was pronounced dead at 5.05am on September 13 at Newcastle General Hospital.
Mrs Corbett said: “Nothing changes the fact that Steven was robbed of his life and the chance to be a father to his son, Dylan, through no fault of his own.
“This really bothers me and I find it difficult to come to terms with.”
“The day Steven lost his life was the day our family’s life sentence started.
“We are a very close and strong family and I know we will pull together and face the future as one.”