A pensioner has been jailed after killing another pensioner, who had just been given the all-clear in his cancer battle, over a disabled parking bay.
A pensioner who attacked and killed another pensioner over a disabled parking bay in an Asda car park has been jailed for five years. Alan Watts, 65, from Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, punched 64-year-old Brian Holmes twice in an unprovoked assault. This caused Mr Holmes, who had been given the all-clear in his battle with cancer just days before, to fall to the ground and die at the scene.
Mr Holmes had returned to his car without his wife, was still in the supermarket, before being struck by Mr Watts. Prosecutor Ann Evans told the court: “Alan Watts, in a show of extraordinary violence, lashed out at Brian Holmes at a car park in Asda and killed him with a punch to the head.”
Ms Evans added: “This is a case about how a moment of madness can change people’s lives forever.”
Mr Watts had said that he acted out of self-defence, claiming Mr Holmes was drunk and abusive, but CCTV evidence shown in court reveald him to be lying.
Mr Holmes’ widow sobbed as her witness statement was read in court. In it she said her husband had never returned after briefly leaving her to return to the car.
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