Soldier cleared of killing man after Washington street attack

A soldier has been cleared of killing a man who he badly injured in a street attack.

Wednesday, 7th December 2016, 11:32 am
Updated Wednesday, 14th December 2016, 12:36 pm
Karl Pascoe

Former Coldstream Guard Karl Pascoe was jailed for 13 years for causing brain injuries to Joseph Leech when he battered him with a fence post in December 2013.

Mr Leech, 32, died in his parents' home in April 2015, and prosecutors claimed Pascoe's attack was to blame.

After a trial at Newcastle Crown Court, Pascoe, 31, of Blackfell, Washington, was found not guilty of murder and manslaughter.

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Pascoe had told murder jurors he was defending himself when he carried out the violence.

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