Accident: Teenager Killed Stranger With Single Punch

A teenager who killed a man with a single punch before going to a friend’s house to play computer games has been convicted of murder.

Eden Lomax, 17, of Dean, Bolton, punched Simon Mitchell, 43, with such force that a witness described him falling over “like the minute hand moving from 12 o’clock to three o’clock”.

He delivered the killer blow at the moment the victim stretched his arm out to shake his hand.

Lomax was found guilty of murder following a trial at Manchester Crown Court. He will be sentenced on December 9 and faces a mandatory life sentence.

The fatal attack came days after Lomax punched two other men unconscious in unprovoked attacks which were caught on CCTV in Bolton, Greater Manchester. He had already pleaded guilty to those assaults.

In the first incident, on the night of Friday, June 7, seven days before Mr Mitchell died, Lomax punched a 31-year-old man with learning difficulties in the face as he stood at a bus stop.

He struck again four days later, this time punching a drunken 41-year-old man without warning after they struck up a conversation.

The victim fell backwards through the open doors of a waiting bus, leaving him dazed and incapacitated on the floor.

Lomax then joked to the bus driver: “I think he wants an Adult Day Saver?” before running off.

Mr Mitchell had recently been made redundant and was given £200 cash by his brother who felt sorry for him and he had gone out to drink in pubs in Bolton town centre on the evening of June 14.

He began talking to the group Lomax was in, opening up about his life and his troubles.

Lomax became aggressive and his friends tried to restrain him but the teenager told the older man he would “bomb him” if he didn’t go away.

When Mr Mitchell went to shake the youngster’s hand and asked: “What’s a bomb?” Lomax punched him in the face with such force that it fractured his jaw. He fell backwards, hitting his head on the pavement.

An ambulance was called and Mr Mitchell was pronounced dead at the scene from head injuries.

Lomax, meanwhile, left for a friend’s house to play computer games.

In court he claimed he acted in self defence – but the jury did not believe him.

Detective Chief Inspector Pete Jackson, from Greater Manchester Police, said: “Like all cowards and bullies he (Lomax) targeted people who he knew could not defend themselves or fight back.”

He added: “It is was a tragic way for Simon’s evening to end. It has left his father and family devastated. My thoughts are with them and I hope that the justice delivered today will provide some comfort to them.”

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