Man died after punch caused brain bleed

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A man died on Christmas Day after being “unlawfully killed” by a single punch during a confrontation in Spalding, a jury was told.

Guntars Gansons (26) is claimed to have thrown a punch at Martins Lipsis after confronting him over a stash of drugs which was found at his home.

It is alleged Gansons, from Latvia, threw a single blow at Mr Lipsis in a moment of anger after going to confront him at an address in Winsover Road where he was drinking.

A jury at Lincoln Crown Court was told Mr Lipsis suffered bleeding on his brain following the punch on December 23.

Mr Lipsis died two days later on Christmas Day after never regaining consciousness, the jury heard.

Gansons, of Pennygate, Spalding, denies a charge of manslaughter on December 25 last year.

Sarah Gaunt, prosecuting, told the jury: “This case involves the throwing of a punch during a confrontation on December 23 last year.

“The consequences of that punch were devastating. Martins Lipsis, who was then 21, died as a result.

“At the time of the confrontation in an upstairs bedroom at 84 Winsover Road in Spalding he had been drinking and had taken some drugs.

“The defendant had earlier found what he believed were those drugs at an address where he was residing in Broad Street.”

Miss Gaunt said when Gansons arrived at the property he was angry and wanted to confront Mr Lipsis over the drugs.

“The defendant was acting in anger when he struck the deceased,” Miss Gaunt told the court. “He was the aggressor.”

She added: “During the confrontation the defendant punched the deceased once to the head causing a sudden rotation to the deceased’s head.

“There was bleeding on his brain.

“He did not regain consciousness after the confrontation and was declared dead on Christmas Day.”

Miss Gaunt told the jury they would have to consider if Gansons was the aggressor and angry or was acting in self defence.

“He could have just walked away,” Miss Gaunt added.

The trial which is expected to last five days continues.