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