A bodybuilder who described himself because the ‘hardest c*** within the north west’ killed a father-of-two in an unprovoked assault.
Robert Owen Greenhalgh has been declared as ‘harmful’ and set driving bars for additional than 11 many years pursuing the assault on 2 September remaining yr.
Greenhalgh had been in Luxe Lounge in Bolton’s metropolis centre on the time of the incident.
Robert Smethurst, who had been celebrating his birthday along with his cousin Aaron Bates, by chance stepped on the bodybuilder’s foot earlier within the night. He shortly apologised and all appeared amicable among the many two.
At throughout 1.30am, Greenhalgh then launched an unprovoked assault, hitting Bates and punching Smethurst with the drive of a ‘heavyweight boxer’, Manchester Crown Courtroom listened to, as documented by Manchester Night time Information.
The punch caused Smethurst fast thoughts trauma forward of he strike the ground. Greenhalgh then continued to assault the pair, prematurely of puffing out his chest and shouting: “Who else would really like some?”
When initially billed with homicide, Greenhalgh pleaded responsible to manslaughter. In beforehand interviews with the regulation enforcement, he claimed the pair he attacked have been being appearing ‘cocky’ and checked out him ‘funnily’, regardless of no proof of this on CCTV.
Sentencing, Choose Anthony Cross QC talked about: “Not for 1 minute did you consider that which you skilled accomplished, apart from to glory in your accomplishment and invite other people to assault you.
“It’s unsurprising not 1 single human being which embody the doorway workers intervened, this type of was the fear you prompted inside that membership.”
Chatting with the court docket docket, Smethurst’s spouse Amanda said: “I used to be robbed of my partner, my highest buddy, my pleasure and my potential all in only one.
“How may anybody be so violent and hateful to my husband who did unquestionably virtually nothing to ought to have this assault?
“The love for my husband is irritating proof of what a tremendous individual he’s. I skip him much more than phrases may ever describe.”
Instantly after the incident, Greenhalgh drove away in his do the job van regardless that intoxicated, and officers afterward recognized a syringe with traces of steroids in his automotive.
He was acknowledged to have bragged about taking medicines, beforehand saying to have taken £50,000 ($64,000) properly price of cocaine in 6 months. As a consequence of his behavior, his marriage skilled broken down and he was dwelling regarding associates’ properties and motels.
In messages shared with the courtroom, his mum defined to him: “Owen you must actually be ashamed of you. You might be kidding by yourself for those who really feel that is going to finish successfully. The one approach that is going to conclusion is demise for you.
“You might be so significantly gone now that you simply by no means even know what is right and improper any longer, and to your particulars solely idiots do what you’re performing, not nice individuals.
“You lie, you cheat, you management with brute power however you’ll die for those who by no means stop. I’m carried out with you I am involved. It truly is Okay however it’s a must to have allow.”
Select Cross additional: “She was improper a couple of single level solely. It will not be your loss of life however the demise of an entirely harmless male.”