Bouncer who killed man with single punch ‘messaged pals offering fighting tips’

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A six-foot eight bouncer who killed a man with one punch later messaged friends offering “tips on how to punch”, a court heard.

Leslie Wiseman, 31, is accused of manslaughter after the death of Paul Wallington, 25, who was fatally injured in the early hours of Christmas Day 2018.

Mr Wallington suffered serious head injuries after collapsing to the ground following a punch – and died four days later in hospital, on December 29, when his life support was turned off.

Wiseman, of Eastwood, Essex, who was a bouncer at the Vine Bar in nearby Brentwood, where it happened, denies manslaughter.

The former bouncer claims he acted in self-defence at his trial at Basildon Crown Court.

The jury heard that in the days between the attack and Mr Wallington’s death, Wiseman sent WhatsApp messages to various friendship groups about the incident, such as “caught him like a dream” and “I will give you tips on how to punch”.

Prosecuting, Christopher Paxton QC told the jury Mr Wallington and his girlfriend attended the bar, and Mr Wallington was removed after an argument.

At around 12.09am, Mr Wallington was outside the bar trying to argue his case when he was hit.

Mr Paxton said: “He falls backwards and his head hits the road and his skull was fractured and he lay unconscious on the road.

“The defendant who delivers the punch almost seems to be looking away from Mr Wallington, he seems to turn his body away from him.

“We say hardly the sort of actions of someone acting in self-defence, for someone turning away from the attacker.”

Mr Wallington was taken to hospital where his condition worsened and on December 29, life support was turned off.

Mr Paxton added that, as well as the messages offering “tips on how punch”, Wiseman had also sent a message saying he “won’t go to jail because it’s justified”.

The prosecutor said: “Mr Wiseman is six foot, eight inches in height, physically well built and strong, weighing 24-25 stone.

“Mr Wallington was shorter than the defendant by some seven inches.

“We say in considering what happened the defendant had all the tools he needed to deal with Mr Wallington in a safe manner.

“We say punching him to the ground as he did was unnecessary and unjustified.”

He added: “Whatever he had done and how he behaved, he was removed and well trained bouncers had dealt with him effectively.

“Mr Wallington’s behaviour did not justify the punch he received.”

The trial continues.