Robert Alderman acquitted of killing dad of five Paul Scott in Gillingham
A man accused of killing a dad-of-five, who died after his leg was broken during a late night incident in Gillingham, has been found not guilty of killing him.
Robert Alderman had denied murdering Paul Scott and an alternative charge of manslaughter.
Paul Scott died four days after Gillingham fight
Today at Maidstone Crown Court, the jury of nine women and three men reached a unanimous verdict of not guilty for the murder charge.
They later also acquitted him on the manslaughter charge, but he was jailed for two years after admitting affray and an assault on Mr Scott's brother.
During the trial the jury heard Alderman, 22, attacked 43-year-old Mr Scott after he saw him damaging wing mirrors on vehicles.
Mr Scott, family and friends had been to Palm Cottage Social Club in Canterbury Street on February 9 and Alderman had been at nearby Bliss nightclub.
Robert Alderman at Maidstone Crown Court
Alderman, of Canadian Avenue, Gillingham, was alleged to have punched, kicked and stamped on the 20-stone victim while he was on his knees after declaring: “I’m a boxer and a head case.”
He also demanded: “Say sorry and I will stop hitting you.”
Mr Scott, of Franklin Road, suffered fractures to his right leg which led to his death four days later from a pulmonary embolism – a blood clot in a main artery in the lung.
Alderman admitted in evidence he was not acting in self-defence when he punched Mr Scott several times, but denied kicking him or stamping on his leg.
Asked what he thought about his behaviour, he said: “I am disgusted about what I have done that night.”
Alderman has already admitted affray and assaulting Mr Scott’s brother Gary Chaplin.
He was sentenced to two years in jail for the affray charge and four months concurrent for assaulting Gary Chaplin.
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