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Derbyshire dad cries as he’s cleared of manslaughter of next-door neighbour

today23 August 2022

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A jury has found a Derbyshire man not guilty of the manslaughter of his next-door neighbour. The jury began deliberating at Nottingham Crown Court this morning (August 23) and returned their verdict at 2.40pm.

Arthur Cabourn hit Alan Youd, 69, in Chestnut Drive, Shirebrook, on August 11 last year and Mr Youd died in hospital on August 17. The punch followed a history of ill-feeling between them, the court heard.

Mr Cabourn acted in self-defence, the jury concluded. The 60-year-old, then of Chestnut Drive, Shirebrook, claimed grandfather Mr Youd came at him then sped up and lunged at him, reports NottinghamshireLive.

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Mr Cabourn also told the jury he did what he thought was right to protect himself, claiming that it was Mr Youd who came at him. He said: “I have just got to live with this for the rest of my life.”

Mr Cabourn cried as the verdict was delivered. Following Mr Youd’s death, his family released a statement. In it, they said: “We as a family are devastated.

“Our dad was a doting father, grandfather and father-in-law. Dad was the biggest kid when he spent time with his grandchildren – he loved them dearly and they thought the world of him, they would always be spoiled by grandpa and he would take them out swimming and to all the local parks.

“His zest for life was continued in his love of motorcycles, especially his Triumph Bonneville. He finally passed his test at 65 and he would often ring us when he had ridden out to the coast.

“He would always try to help others where needed and was a regular blood donor, giving 160 donations of blood and platelets. Dad’s memory will remain with us and his legacy lives on in his children and grandchildren. We will miss him more than words could ever portray and will love him forever.”

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