Man jailed after ‘single punch’ death at Fishergate Hill hotel

Posted on - 4th September, 2018 - 3:49pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Preston City Centre, Preston News
Paul Ellerker
Paul Ellerker

A man has been jailed for manslaughter following the death of a man at a Preston hotel.


Paul Ellerker admitted the killing of Jonathan Palgrave when he appeared at Preston Crown Court on Tuesday (4 September).

He was sentenced to four years and three months in prison.

Mr Palgrave was found to have died from a head wound caused by a single punch from Ellerker.

Preston Police were called to the Clifton Hotel in Fishergate Hill around 8.20pm on Sunday 20 May this year.

The 35-year-old victim was found to have collapsed and he died from injuries sustained two days previously.

Jonathan Palgrave
Jonathan Palgrave

CCTV footage showed Ellerker punching Mr Palgrave once to the head during the incident on the Friday and a post mortem examination showed he died as a result of a head injury.

30-year-old Ellerker, who also lived at The Clifton Hotel, was originally arrested on suspicion of murder but was later charged with manslaughter.

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Judge Mark Brown praised the police for reviewing hours of CCTV footage to confirm exactly when Mr Palgrave sustained his injuries.

Detective Chief Insp Richard McCutcheon said: “This is a tragic case where Mr Palgrave lost his life as a result of Paul Ellerker’s reckless and violent behaviour.

“It should serve as a sobering reminder of the devastating consequences which can result from a single punch.”

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