Thug jailed for beating man to death as he celebrated his birthday

Aaron Muggleton attacked Simon Mushonga and left him unconscious in a gutter (Pictures: SWNS)

A man who attacked a stranger then stole his credit card as he lay dying in the street has been jailed for life.

Aaron Muggleton launched an unprovoked attack on Simon Mushonga, 39, repeatedly punching him until he fell to the ground and was knocked unconscious.

Muggleton then stole a credit card and fled the scene, leaving Mr Mushonga, who had been enjoying a night out with friends to celebrate his birthday, in the gutter.

He was rushed to hospital but never regained consciousness and died a short time later.

Muggleton, who was convicted of murder by a jury, has been jailed for life with a minimum of 17 years for the attack in Kettering in December 2018.

Mr Mushonga was attacked on Carrington Street in Kettering (Picture: Google Maps)

The 25-year-old, of Kettering, Northamptonshire, who had admitted manslaughter but denied murder, was found guilty following a two-week trial.

The court heard that Mr Mushonga, who was a "reserved, polite and well-meaning" man, was visiting friends and had been enjoying a quiet evening to celebrate his birthday.

But he was approached by Muggleton on Carrington Street where he was subjected to the "completely unprovoked" attack and punched three times.

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Detective Inspector Stuart Hitchon from Northamptonshire Police’s Major Crime Team, said previously: “Simon Mushonga was by all accounts, a very nice man who was reserved, polite and well-meaning.

“This was a completely unprovoked attack on an innocent man which has left a family devastated.”

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