The family of Glen Kitchens have paid tribute to him after his killer was jailed for six years.
Jadon Jackson was sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday and will serve three years before he is eligible for parole.
The 16-year-old, of Cheapside, landed a single punch on Mr Kitchens, which knocked him unconscious. As he fell backwards his head hit a stone pillar and the impact killed him.
Following the sentence, Mr Kitchen’s family paid tribute to him.
They said in a statement: “Glen was a kind, down-to-earth person who was always up for a laugh and a joke. He was a very caring individual, always willing to help out anyone he could.”
“He especially helped his little sister whenever she asked for it - and she did!”
“Glen had a good circle of friends, not just from Worksop, who he enjoyed spending time with.”
“He had a passion for music, something he always loved from being young, and he tried his hand at DJ-ing. He would often put together CDs for his family, which was something he liked doing for them even if the music wasn’t to his taste.”
“Glen also loved his computer and had just built a new one with some money his dad had recently given him. He enjoyed playing games online and made many friends in the online community.”
“Something else Glen enjoyed was a drink, his favourite tipple being Strongbow. He was no longer a night time reveller preferring an afternoon drink around town, making many friends along the way. He was a friendly, outgoing person with a good outlook on life. Quite simply he was one of the good guys. He didn’t deserve this and his family will never understand why it happened.”
“It goes without saying that we will miss Glen for the rest of our days but life does go on and ours have to, as painful as that is right now. Glen wouldn’t have wanted it any other way and as we move through our lives we will remember Glen with love and remember the happy memories we made together and feel lucky for having had such a wonderful son, brother, uncle and grandson in our lives.”
“We would like to thank our family and friends for their support through this very difficult and tragic time. Thank you doesn’t seem enough for everything you have done for us, but we would like you to know how important your love and support has been.”
“We still have a long way to go and many firsts to get through - his first birthday, first Christmas and first year anniversary of his death - but with your continued love and support we will get through it.”
“There are many more people to thank and firstly we would like to thank the police for all their hard work and dedication in this case. We would also like to thank Dolby Funeral Directors, not only for their professionalism, but for caring and making it that bit easier for us. They did Glen proud in the send-off they helped us organise.”
“Finally we would like to thank Victim Support, The Corner House and Outwood Academy Valley for all their help and support. We would also like to thank the community of Worksop for their kind words, flowers and tributes and thank anyone else who has helped and supported us.”
Detective Inspector Rob McKinnell, who led the investigation, said: “People should consider their actions before they get into any kind of altercation. The consequences can be devastating and it only takes one punch – as we have seen with the death of Mr Kitchens.”
“I hope the sentence serves as a sharp reminder of how important it is to think before you act.”