Man jailed for killing football manager with single punch in pub car park

Harvey Hendy, Scott Hendy, Lewis Hendy and Holly Hendy
-Credit: (Image: Avon and Somerset Police)


A man from Pilning has been jailed for killing a football manager with a single punch outside a pub in South Gloucestershire. George Baylis hit Scott Hendy outside a pub on Redwick Road, Pilning, around 12.10am on Saturday, March 2.

Mr Hendy, aged 46, fell and suffered a severe head injury. He was rushed to hospital where he tragically passed away the next day.

Baylis, of Redwick Road, pleaded guilty to manslaughter last month and was handed a sentence of four years and six months at Bristol Crown Court today (Wednesday, May 29). He was ordered to serve at least half of his sentence.

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The incident occurred in the pub car park where Baylis struck Mr Hendy once after an argument between the two men. Police officers who arrived at the scene spoke to several witnesses who explained what had transpired.

Baylis was arrested a short distance away approximately 30 minutes after the incident. He broke down in front of officers and expressed remorse for his actions, stating he did not intend to harm anyone.

George Baylis
George Baylis jailed for manslaughter after single punch led to death of father -Credit:Avon and Somerset Police

During his police interview, Baylis confessed to punching Mr Hendy. Following the news of his death, numerous heartfelt tributes were paid to Mr Hendy, a resident of Severn Beach. His funeral was attended by an estimated 700 people.

His mother, Jennifer Hendy, said there's "not a day that goes by where we don't think about Scott".

In her victim impact statement, his mother described him as an "amazing son". She said: "He was the kindest, loveliest character and all-round amazing son. His personality was infectious and was always one for being the joker.

"His sense of humour was legendary, and his loss will be felt from all over Bristol such was the reach of his infectious personality."

She added: "This is an horrendous situation we find ourselves in and our lives will never be the same. We know this would never have happened if Scott wasn't punched.

"However, we understand this has probably ruined the offender's life as well; if anything we feel sorry for him and his family. We don't have any hatred towards him, we accept he probably didn't mean to kill our son.

"However, we are now left feeling our entire life has been torn apart and don't think we will ever come to terms with living our lives without him."

Lewis said his father was the 'heart and soul of the family' and he was 'idolised' by his children. He said: "One of the hardest things to accept is that I can no longer reach out to dad. There will be no more phone calls to ask for his advice, no more texts to share a quick joke, no more chats about work or life.

"I still pick up the phone to call or message him, eager to share something funny that's just happened. Then reality kicks in and I get that sinking feeling again because he's no longer there. It feels like I've lost my compass, my guide, and the person I could always turn to when I needed help."

He added: "There are events that have not yet happened that I know will be incredibly bittersweet, such as the birth of my first child and my wedding, this also applies to Harvey and Holly.

Harvey Hendy, Scott Hendy, Lewis Hendy and Holly Hendy
Scott Hendy was tragically killed after being punched outside a pub in South Gloucestershire -Credit:Avon and Somerset Police

"Dad will never get the opportunity to become a grandparent, to walk Holly down the aisle and to show us all up with his dance moves at our weddings."

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Almond, from the Major Crime Investigation Team, said: "Scott Hendy was clearly a very popular man and our sympathies are with his loved ones at the conclusion of these legal proceedings.

"George Baylis has shown remorse for what occurred throughout the course of enquiries and also pleaded guilty early on to manslaughter.

"While there is no evidence of any intent on his part to cause the fatal injuries he did, this case highlights the tragic reality that one punch can kill. In that split second he lashed out he unintentionally took Scott's life and now has received a lengthy prison sentence."

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