Teen killed ‘much-loved’ man with one punch in ‘devastating’ kebab shop attack

A teenager who killed a man outside a kebab shop with a single punch has been pictured.

Andrea Cristea, now 17, was sentenced on Monday to three years and ten months in a Young Offenders' Institution for manslaughter and violent disorder.

Richard Day, 45, died in hospital on February 24 last year, two days after Cristea tore the artery on the left side of his neck, causing a traumatic subarachnoid haemorrhage.

The teenager pleaded guilty to both charges last August at Ipswich Crown Court in Suffolk – ahead of a trial in which two others, also now aged 17, faced the same charges.

The court heard that Cristea left the 45-year-old in a critical condition outside Kebapizza in Ipswich on February 22 2020.

Reporting restrictions which stopped the thug being named, due to being under the age of 18, have now been lifted following his sentencing on Monday.

The two other teenagers were acquitted of manslaughter on September 4, 2020 – with the jury unable to reach a majority verdict in respect of the violent disorder charge.

One of those teenagers pleaded guilty to violent disorder on September 7, and was later sentenced to a 10-month youth rehabilitation order, 40 hours of unpaid work and a three-month curfew.

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The other boy is awaiting a hearing for violent disorder later this year.

Detective Inspector Karl Nightingale, Senior Investigating Officer, said: "Richard Day was a much loved and well-respected son, brother, family member, friend and colleague.

"Richie had enjoyed a sociable day with family and friends on Saturday 22 February 2020.

"He left the Premier Pool Club late that night intending to walk home through the town centre.

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"He had walked a considerable distance, bought food and passed numerous people without issue, until he encountered three teenagers.

"Tragically, Richie was assaulted and inflicted with an injury that he could never recover from.

"This sentence will provide a stage of closure for Richie's family, friends and colleagues.

"I would like to thank his family who have shown tremendous courage, dignity and humility throughout.

"The consequences of this attack have caused devastation beyond measure."

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