Man pleads guilty to Burnley manslaughter

Wayne Bradbury. (S)
Wayne Bradbury. (S)

A man has today pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of 37-year-old Burnley man Andrew Hayes.

Wayne Bradbury (29), of no fixed address, was originally charged with murder but entered a guilty plea to manslaughter when he appeared at Preston Crown Court this afternoon.

Police launched an investigation after Andrew Hayes was assaulted outside the Moneysave shop on Lyndhurst Road at around 7-20pm on Wednesday, April 29th.

He was later taken to Royal Preston Hospital with a head injury where he died in the early hours of the following morning.

Bradbury is due to be sentenced on Friday, August 21st.

Det Insp Andy Cribbin of Lancashire Police’s Force Major Investigation Team said: “This was a completely unprovoked and cowardly assault, carried out in such a way that Andrew Hayes had no opportunity to defend himself.

“He was caught completely unaware and tragically it resulted in his very sad death.

“Once again this case highlights that one punch can be fatal and can leave behind a legacy of pain and destruction for family and friends.

“At no point throughout the investigation has Wayne Bradbury expressed any remorse for his actions, but I am pleased that his guilty plea has at least saved the Mr Hayes’ family the ordeal of having to sit through a trial.”