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21 July 2020 16:41

Jordan Sinnott Jordan Sinnott Alfreton Town F.C.

Nottingham Crown Court heard how one of the 25-year-old's alleged attackers, Kai Denovan, 'flew immediately into a rage' after the footballer joined in with what he believed to be the defendant's 'self-deprecating humour'. Jurors heard Denovan, 22, 'followed rapidly behind' Mr Sinnott and his two friends Ben Bossons and Adam Towlson into The Vine pub before telling him he was a 'good-looking lad' and would have no trouble 'pulling girls' – unlike him, who was 'fat and ginger'. The court heard the 21-year-old was 'taking over' from Denovan who was 'plainly hell-bent on trouble' – and who had allegedly punched Mr Sinnott twice in the face while inside The Vine. Prosecutor Michael Auty QC told the court Mr Sinnott was willing to apologise for any offence caused – but described Denovan, Matthews and Nicholson as a 'pack hunting down and exacting retribution'. 'Whilst he did not know Jordan Sinnott… Kai Denovan followed rapidly behind him and made a comment to Jordan Sinnott that he was a 'good looking lad' and would have no difficulty 'pulling girls', unlike him who, he volunteered, was 'fat and ginger'.

He continued: 'In the end, Jordan Sinnott chose to say words to the effect of, "Yes, I can see that," no doubt thinking he was simply joining in with what appeared to be self-deprecating humour. 'He, of course, had senselessly started it all in the first place, and had he the integrity and grace to admit it and behave as Jordan Sinnott did, everyone could have gone their own separate ways, no-one would have been hurt, much less killed, and events that evening would probably never have been mentioned again.' Nottingham Crown Court heard how one of the 25-year-old's alleged attackers, Kai Denovan, "flew immediately into a rage" after the footballer joined in with what he believed to be the defendant's "self-deprecating humour". Jurors heard Denovan, 22, "followed rapidly behind" Mr Sinnott and his two friends Ben Bossons and Adam Towlson into The Vine pub before telling him he was a "good-looking lad" and would have no trouble "pulling girls" – unlike him, who was "fat and ginger". Denovan's co-defendant Cameron Matthews pleaded guilty to manslaughter at an earlier hearing – admitting he was the one who administered the fatal punch. The court heard the 21-year-old was "taking over" from Denovan who was "plainly hell-bent on trouble" – and who had allegedly punched Mr Sinnott twice in the face while inside The Vine.

Prosecutor Michael Auty QC told the court Mr Sinnott was willing to apologise for any offence caused – but described Denovan, Matthews and Nicholson as a "pack hunting down and exacting retribution". "Whilst he did not know Jordan Sinnott… Kai Denovan followed rapidly behind him and made a comment to Jordan Sinnott that he was a 'good looking lad' and would have no difficulty 'pulling girls', unlike him who, he volunteered, was 'fat and ginger'. He continued: "In the end, Jordan Sinnott chose to say words to the effect of, 'Yes, I can see that,' no doubt thinking he was simply joining in with what appeared to be self-deprecating humour. "It is Denovan who is driving the exit from The Vine and deliberately pursuing Jordan Sinnott and his friends outside. "He, of course, had senselessly started it all in the first place, and had he the integrity and grace to admit it and behave as Jordan Sinnott did, everyone could have gone their own separate ways, no-one would have been hurt, much less killed, and events that evening would probably never have been mentioned again." Jordan Sinnott, 25, died after being punched to the ground during a night out in Retford, Nottinghamshire, Nottingham Crown Court heard.

Prosecutors said Kai Denovan, 22, who denies manslaughter, did not strike the fatal blow on 25 January, but did "drive" the attack on Mr Sinnott. The court was told Mr Sinnott, who played for Matlock Town, and two friends first came across Mr Denovan, of Collins Walk in Retford, and his group in The Vine Pub. Prosecutor Michael Auty QC explained that when Mr Sinnott agreed, believing Mr Denovan was being self-deprecating, the defendant "flew into a rage" and punched him in the face. Nottingham Crown Court heard how one of the 25-year-old's alleged attackers, Kai Denovan, "flew immediately into a rage" after the footballer joined in with what he believed to be the defendant's "self-deprecating humour". Jurors heard Denovan, 22, "followed rapidly behind" Mr Sinnott and his two friends Ben Bossons and Adam Towlson into The Vine pub before telling him he was a "good-looking lad" and would have no trouble "pulling girls" - unlike him, who was "fat and ginger". Denovan's co-defendant Cameron Matthews pleaded guilty to manslaughter at an earlier hearing - admitting he was the one who administered the fatal punch. The court heard the 21-year-old was "taking over" from Denovan who was "plainly hell-bent on trouble" - and who had allegedly punched Mr Sinnott twice in the face while inside The Vine. Prosecutor Michael Auty QC told the court Mr Sinnott was willing to apologise for any offence caused - but described Denovan, Matthews and Nicholson as a "pack hunting down and exacting retribution". Kai Denovan followed rapidly behind him and made a comment to Jordan Sinnott that he was a 'good looking lad' and would have no difficulty 'pulling girls', unlike him who, he volunteered, was 'fat and ginger'. He continued: "In the end, Jordan Sinnott chose to say words to the effect of, 'Yes, I can see that,' no doubt thinking he was simply joining in with what appeared to be self-deprecating humour. "It's hard to imagine there might ever have been an acceptable response, and Kai Denovan flew immediately into a rage, albeit contrived and entirely of his own making." Mr Auty said after the initial confrontation, in which Denovan allegedly struck Mr Sinnott twice, the victim and his two friends left the pub to buy food. "It is Denovan who is driving the exit from The Vine and deliberately pursuing Jordan Sinnott and his friends outside.