THIS is the shocking moment a "gentle giant" is floored in a fatal one punch attack at the pub.
Thomas Brand, 45, sent mate Anthony Richardson, 46, crashing to the ground during the drunken row.
Footage shows the pair square up outside The Chesterfield in Elswick, Newcastle upon Tyne on the fateful night – with Brand swinging his fist at his mate.
Mr Richardson – described by his family as a "gentle giant" – was then sent flying, banging his head on the ground and suffering fatal injuries on February 7. He died the next day.
Brand was yesterday jailed for six years after he was found guilty of manslaughter at Newcastle Crown Court.
He showed no emotion as he was put behind bars – with the court hearing he had tried to tell cops his mate had fallen over.
Prosecutor Matthew Bean said the pair had been asked to leave the pub after starting to argue.
He said: "The two men went chest to chest. Mr Richardson had his arms out wide as he did so. they both took a step back,
"Mr Richardson removed his cap, they then come closer together and you will see Mr Richardson pushing the defendant away with both hands, causing the defendant to go backwards.
"The defendant is then shown to lunge forward and punch Mr Richardson. The punch appears to make contact with his face and he falls immediately backwards."
Mr Richardson, originally from the Ryton area of Gateshead, suffered multiple skull fractures behind his right ear, with swelling on the brain and bleeding around the brain.
HOW THE NIGHT UNFOLDED
The court had previously heard how the pair had been at the pub with mate Nathan Aldus.
During the boozing session, Aldus punched Mr Richardson, with Brand going to help him up.
But later Mr Richardson started to demand who had attacked him – accusing Brand of being involved.
Everyone's life changed as a result of that devastating decision. He's ruined his life as well
Det Insp Joanne Brooks, who led the investigation for Northumbria Police, said Brand had denied any involvement in the attack, saying: "He tried to give an account that Anthony had fallen, and had a fit. He maintained that it wasn't anything to do with him.
"But police were very suspicious of his version of events. It became clear that wasn't what happened.
"We recovered the CCTV from the pub and the whole incident was captured on CCTV."
And she said the exact cause of the argument that sparked the attack was unclear – making it all the more tragic.
Det Insp Brooks, added: "That decision to go towards that fight resulted in a death, a devastated family and Brand going to jail.
"If he [Brand] had taken a moment to stop, think and walk away from a situation like that Anthony's family wouldn't of had to deal with the devastating consequences.
"We can see from the CCTV that Thomas Brand had the time to think about it and he choses to walk towards it.
"But everyone's life changed as a result of that devastating decision. He's ruined his life as well."
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