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57-year-old Nick Medlin, who died during the early hours of Christmas Day 2016

UPDATED: 33-year-old Michael Hudson has pleaded guilty to killing Nick Medlin outside a pub in Ventnor on Christmas Day.

Hudson, of no fixed adobe, appeared before Winchester Crown Court for the start of a 2-week trial this morning (Monday) where he admitted his guilt to a single charge of manslaughter.

As previously reported by Island Echo a crime scene was erected around The Rose Inn pub on Pier Street on Christmas Day last year after the death of 57-year-old Mr Medlin, a former prison officer at HMP Isle of Wight.

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An inquest opened earlier this year heard how the prison officer had been involved in an alleged altercation inside the pub at shortly before midnight on 24th December 2016.

At around 23:50 on the same evening – just before the bells rang in Christmas Day – it is said that Mr Medlin suffered a ‘single-punch’ blow outside the same pub, falling and hitting his head on the concrete pavement. He was pronounced dead by paramedics at 00:10.

Michael Hudson was arrested in connection with the incident and was charged on 28th December. He appeared before Portsmouth Magistrates Court the next day and later Winchester Crown Court, where he pleaded not guilty on 23rd January. He has been on remand since.

Hudson is expected to be sentenced this afternoon.

UPDATE @ 16:30 – Michael Hudson has been jailed for 6-and-a-half years at Winchester Crown Court for the manslaughter of Nick Medlin.

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