A man from Aberdare has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Keyron Curtis.

Written by on 18th November 2021

Daniel Howells-Thomas, 24, of  Penywaun, Aberdare appeared at Newport Crown Court on Thursday November 18.
Keyron Curtis, 21, died from what was described by doctors as a catastrophic head injury following an assault occurred outside the Colliers Arms in Aberdare just after 1am on October 17, 2021.
Witnesses told police how Keyron was punched with such force that he immediately lost consciousness before hitting his head on a curb.
His friends had to administer CPR after he went into cardiac arrest at the scene. Police arrived minutes later, followed by paramedics and he was rushed to hospital. But he died from his injuries following day.
Daniel Howells-Thomas was arrested after contacting police.
He will now be sentenced on December 10.
Detective Inspector Dai Butt, said:
“This was a cowardly attack on a man who was in no way able to defend himself.
“A single punch has devastated the lives of many people – my thoughts go out to Keyron’s family and friends as they try to come to terms with what happened that night.
“The actions by the defendant were deplorable – he went out that evening to celebrate a football win with his teammates but went home in the early hours a killer.
“I hope that he uses his time in prison to reflect on the choices he made that day and the consequences they have had for so many.
‘’I would like to thank the community of Penywaun who supported this investigation by coming forward and giving vital eye witness evidence about the sad events that took place that night.’’

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