A 17-YEAR-OLD youth has been jailed for two-and-a-half years for killing a young accountant who worked in Hunmanby.
Paul Midgley, 23, was celebrating a friend's birthday and had just moved into a house with his partner Chloe Morton when he was attacked in Moorfield car park, Bridlington, while on his way to his parents' home.
Mr Midgley was an apprentice accountant and had been studying towards his qualifications at the YH Training Centre in Falsgrave Road, Scarborough, while working at Hunmanby-based engineering firm Hunprenco.
Teenage burglar Lee Swales killed him with a single punch, which caused him to fall backwards. Mr Midgley hit his head on the floor, fracturing his skull. Swales, who admitted manslaughter, was then seen to wade in and punch him to the ground during the attack last August.
Hull Crown Court heard Swales, of Queensgate, Bridlington, later bragged to pals: "I've just beaten someone up in a car park."
Mr Midgley died four days later in Hull Royal Infirmary from a fractured skull and brain damage as a result of cracking his head on the pavement.
Lifting reporting restrictions, Judge Michael Mettyear said he had limited choice but to sentence him in a way which many people would regard as inadequate.
He said: "Your victim Paul Midgley had a bright future ahead of him. He did absolutely nothing to deserve any sort of attack. He didn't deserve to die.
"It must have been obvious to you he was unable to defend himself."
The court erupted as Swales, who had a police reprimand for assault and a conviction for burglary, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in a Young Offenders' Institute.
Cries of "scumbag," "rot in hell," and "you'll never be the man Paul was" rang in Swales' ears as he was led to the cells.
Mr Midgley's cousin Gemma Magson said her family was angry with the sentence. "We don't feel justice has been done," she said. "I could get more than two and a half years for a motoring offence. Swales could be out on the street in less than a year. We will never see Paul again."
Mr Midgley was a keen golf player and was a fan of Chelsea Football Club. He loved cooking and was said to have a thirst for knowledge.
Following his death in August, a spokesman for Hunprenco said: "The very first day Paul started his employment with us we knew he was a very special lad and the longer he was here, the more that became apparent.
"He came to work in his own time at weekends and evenings in order to learn more about the company.
"He was so popular with everyone and would do anything to help. He always looked so smart and tidy and how anyone could do this to him is impossible to believe. He had such a positive future mapped out for him and he will always be in our thoughts."
A special award was created in memory of Mr Midgley at the YH Training Services' annual awards night in September.