20-year old guilty of one punch manslaughter in Rochdale

A Rochdale man, who was a teenager at the time of the attack, has been found guilty of causing the death of a popular man after landing a single punch more than a year ago.

Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court heard how Jafar Ali, who was 19 at the time of the incident, landed a single punch on 59-year old Keith Maden outside a takeaway in Rochdale town centre back in September 2017.


The blow caused Mr Maden, who had been drinking earlier in the evening, to fall and hit his head on the pavement, causing serious head injuries which he never recovered from.


Ali, who has since turned 20, told officers Mr Maden had threatened to head-butt him prior to delivering the blow, calling him a racist term under his breath, with Ali claiming he threw the punch as an act of self-defence.


However, the jury didn’t believe him and found him guilty of manslaughter.


The incident happened outside Dixy Chicken on Reed Hill on the evening of the 28th September 2017.


Manchester Minshull Crown Court, cropped

The court heard how Mr Maden had been drinking a couple of pints at The Reed Hotel before he made his way to the takeaway.


Witnesses described how Mr Maden was belligerent, although they never heard him make any threats towards Ali but accused the 20-year old and others of having an attitude problem.


Ali, of Church Stile, claimed Mr Maden has stubbed out a cigarette before blowing smoke into his face before the 20-year old delivered the punch.


He’s due to be sentenced later this month (October).


In a statement released a few days after the incident, Mr Maden’s family said: “Keith was a lovable, friendly character with a great sense of humour. He grew up and lived most of his life in Littleborough and knew many people in the village, but led a simple life and never asked for much from anyone.”


“After suffering a stroke last year Keith had just started to rebuild his life and go out with friends.”


“He was loved and supported by his mum, brothers and sisters, who are all heartbroken at losing him too soon and in such tragic circumstances.”


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