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Jul 17 - Boxer k!lled best friend with single punch after he slept with his ex is jailed for 3 years
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Victim: Former soldier Craig Glaze, 25, who had a three-year-old son, was attacked and k!lled at his house in Wolverhampton on New Year's Day
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Jailed: Martin Gannon, 24, is led away from Wolverhampton Crown Court to start a three-year sentence for for k!lling his best friend
A jealous boxer has been jailed for less than three years for k!lling his best friend with a single punch hours after learning he had a one-night stand with his ex-girlfriend.
Possessive Martin Gannon lashed out at former soldier Craig Glaze after being told during New Year celebrations at a pub of the fling with Nicola Payne, sister of X Factor One Direction star Liam.
Gannon, 24, an ex-amateur boxer, split up with Miss Payne last February. But he was unaware she had spent a night with Mr Glaze, 25, Wolverhampton Crown Court heard yesterday.
Mr Glaze and Gannon, who lived next door but one to each other in Bushbury, Wolverhampton, had been out on New Year's Eve at The Moseley Park Beefeater.
But Mr Glaze left after fearing Gannon would learn his secret. Later, Gannon was told that Miss Payne had slept with Mr Glaze and just after 4am, Gannon went to Mr Glaze's house and warned his father he was going to 'kill him'.
He contacted Miss Payne and she denied the fling.
But just before noon, Mr Glaze returned home and was confronted by Gannon in a side passage at the house, who struck a single punch before his victim slumped to the floor.
An artery had been ruptured. He suffered a heart attack and brain haemorrhage and was pronounced dead in the city's New Cross Hospital the next day.
Gannon admitted manslaughter and was jailed for two years and nine months.
Craig's devastated family said they would never forgive his k!ller.
They claim the two year and nine month term handed to Martin Gannon was unsatisfactory, and spoke of how they were 'serving a life sentence'.
Family and friends wept in court as Gannon was jailed for the manslaughter of his former mate, who he had known since the age of five.
Outside court, supporters including Mr Glaze's 23-year-old girlfriend Claire Lewman, mother of his three-year-old son, fought back her tears.
They said they would 'never forget our beloved Craig - son, brother, boyfriend, father'.
In a statement they said: 'He was a wonderful son, so bubbly and full of life. He just loved to make people laugh and could put a smile on anyone's face.
'He was loved and respected by everyone that knew him and had a fantastic personality.
'Before we attended court we knew the sentence would not be satisfactory, as Martin has k!lled our son Craig. We as a family are serving the life sentence.
'We can only see Craig from photos, however, Martin and his family can see each other every day.
'We cannot forgive Martin for the death of Craig, however we hope we now have a little closure and we can look to rebuild our lives.
In 2004, Gannon was ordered to do 80 hours of unpaid community work after being convicted of battery.
Gannon had hit a man who intervened in an argument he was having with two girls.
Mr Stephen Cadwaladr, defending, said the friends had spoken about travelling the world together and their relationship would have recovered from the row, had the blow not have had 'tragic and unforeseen consequences.'
He said Gannon, who was described by neighbours as 'polite, considerate and popular', did not accept that he was jealous, but that he feared friends were talking about the relationship that Mr Glaze had with Miss Payne.
Mr Cadwaladr said: 'He thought that his best friend might have been taking part in what he perceived as mockery.'
Even Mr Glaze's father had described Gannon as a 'thoroughly nice bloke'.
Miss Payne's family said Gannon was a 'pleasure to know' and had helped decorate their house and provided support when one of their children was being bullied.
Mr Cadwaladr said: 'He feels deep and genuine remorse, a lack of self pity and genuine concern and sorrow for the family of Craig Glaze
'This is something that will haunt him for the rest of his days.'
Judge John Warner told him: 'You didn't intend serious harm but the result has been catastrophic.
'No sentence I can pass can console Mr Glaze's family in their grief.'
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