On Wednesday 22 February, Brian Anthony Nicholl, aged 52, was sentenced at Newry Crown Court for the manslaughter of 65-year-old Nigel Burgess. The incident leading to Mr Burgess’s death occurred on the night of 11 April 2020 in Armagh.
As a result of the altercation between the two men, Mr Burgess was found unresponsive and was later pronounced dead at the scene. A post-mortem revealed pre-existing heart disease and it was determined that Mr Burgess had suffered a cardiac arrest, which was triggered during the physical altercation.
Brian Nicholl was sentenced to two years on probation and 100 hours of community service. Detective Inspector Michelle Griffin commented on the case, stating that people should be mindful of how their actions can have irreversible consequences.
The family of Mr Burgess expressed their gratitude to both the Police Service and Ambulance Service for their efforts to resuscitate him. The case is considered a tragic one, as it has resulted in the loss of a life and left loved ones mourning.