Man convicted of manslaughter after death of Christopher King following 'unprovoked' Hull park attack

Christopher King died in hospital following an attack in Vane Street, Hull
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A cold-blooded killer who brutally attacked a father who was walking through a Hull park with his son faces a lengthy prison sentence after being convicted of manslaughter.

Christopher King died in hospital two weeks after "aggressive" troublemaker Lance Kinsley attacked the two men in "completely unwarranted and unprovoked" beatings.

Kinsley used clenched fists and had "an angry mean stare" when he punched 53-year-old Mr King in a vicious attack that led to the victim falling heavily on the ground and suffering serious injuries, Hull Crown Court heard.


He was "gunning for" the two men and a witness claimed that he looked like a "predator" standing over his prey after the incident.

Kinsley, 22, of Spring Bank, Hull, denied murdering Mr King, who died on June 26 last year following an incident on June 12 of that year, and he was cleared by a jury after a trial. He was convicted of manslaughter.

Kinsley had earlier admitted manslaughter but the prosecution did not accept his plea to that lesser charge.

He was wearing a dark suit, white shirt and dark tie and he showed no emotion as the verdicts were announced. The jury returned to court at 2.05pm on Thursday after first retiring to consider its verdict at about 11.30am on Wednesday.

Sentence was adjourned for a report to assess Kinsley's dangerousness and he was further remanded in custody until September 24. As he left the secure dock to be taken down to the cells, there were shouts of "Love you" from the public gallery. Kinsley briefly looked towards them and softly said: "Love you."

Stephen Wood KC, prosecuting, said that Mr King and his son met at the home of the son's partner in Hull on June 12 last year. They visited several pubs over the next few hours but they had not drunk a large amount of alcohol.

Mr King had drunk four pints of lager or bitter and three measures of Jack Daniels and Coke. They went to the son's partner's flat at about 7.25pm. Their route took them across Spring Bank and up Vane Street.

Police at the park on Vane Street, Hull following the incident
Police at the park on Vane Street, Hull following the incident -Credit:Hull Live

They went into a nearby park off Vane Street and they walked through it towards a little hill. Moments later, Mr King and his son were subjected to an "unprovoked attack" by Kinsley.

Mr King's son was "blindsided" by the person who launched the attack. The son was attacked by Kinsley, who was said to have attacked him from behind and punched him to the left side of his face, knocking him to the ground.

The son suffered a cut lip, caused by a tooth going through it. "He told the police that he then saw his attacker set upon his father, punching him twice in quick succession, again apparently from behind," said Mr Wood.

"These blows were delivered with sufficient force that they caused Mr King to fall heavily to the ground." The son believed that his father was knocked unconscious after the second blow because of the way that he fell to the ground.

"Their attacker then turned and jogged away from them, heading back towards the corner of the park on Vane Street, opposite Planet Gym," said Mr Wood.

The son was not aware that their attacker said anything at any point during the assault but he described the man as "looking really aggressive, with clenched fists and an angry mean stare" during the incident.

"The attack upon the two men was completely unwarranted and unprovoked," claimed Mr Wood.

The assault was witnessed by a woman, who was walking home through the park. She claimed that Kinsley was "gunning for them" but that they were oblivious to him. He approached them aggressively before launching an unprovoked attack on them.

She saw Mr King fall to the ground like a dead weight and hit his head on the concrete path that they been walking along. "She described the attacker then flaring his shoulders, like a predator standing over his victim," said Mr Wood. "But he had not finished."

The woman claimed that Kinsley turned his attention to Mr King's son and that he was still "apparently enraged". He punched the son a couple of times in the face, knocking him to the ground as well and continuing to punch him.

The woman claimed that Kinsley returned to Mr King, who was lying unconscious on the ground, and in "an entirely unnecessary and gratuitous act of violence", delivered a further blow to the upper part of his body.

Two men arrived on the scene and one of them telephoned for an ambulance. It arrived at 7.39pm and it took Mr King to hospital. CCTV footage was obtained by police and it showed a grey Ford Fiesta pulling up in Vane Street. It was discovered that Kinsley and his girlfriend used this car.

Kinsley was arrested at an address in Windsor Avenue, Hull, where he was with his girlfriend. He had injuries, including a cut to a knuckle, said to have been caused during the attacks on the two men.

He made no comment during police interview.