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Two to be sentenced over city centre manslaughter of Pc Neil Doyle

Published 11/09/2015

Pc Neil Doyle was punched and killed during a Christmas night out.
Pc Neil Doyle was punched and killed during a Christmas night out.

Two men who killed an off-duty policeman in a city centre are to be sentenced today.

Football consultant Andrew Taylor, 29, and sports event manager Timmy Donovan, 30, were both found guilty of the manslaughter of Pc Neil Doyle who had been at his Christmas work party in Liverpool last December.

The newly-married officer was fatally struck after being delivered a "piledriver" punch.

The trial heard how Taylor had "baited" the policeman for a fight and had even referred to him as "officer", asking: "Are you having a good evening officer?"

Two of Pc Doyle's colleagues were also injured in the attack.

Taylor and Donovan were acquitted of murder but found guilty of manslaughter and both guilty of wounding with intent to Pc Robert Marshall.

They are to be sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court today.

Taylor will also be sentenced for grievous bodily harm with intent in relation to Pc Michael Steventon.

A third defendant, Christopher Spendlove, 30, was acquitted by the jury of all charges.

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