Video footage shows the moment an international banker was fatally attacked outside the Ivy Club in London’s West End.
Paul Mason, 52, was attacked in the street after enjoying a night out with friends in Soho, west London on December 15, 2020.
The Metropolitan Police have released shocking footage of electrician Steven Allan who was drunk and mistakenly believed Mr Mason had his friend’s phone.
Footage shows Allan reaching for Mr. Mason’s phone.
Mr. Mason then turns and walks the other way before Allan runs behind him and knocks him to the ground.
As he tried to get up, Mr. Mason was knocked to the ground again.
Back on his feet, Allan delivered an uppercut that ‘poleaxed’ Mr. Mason and sent him flying onto the sidewalk on his back. The incident lasted 12 seconds.
Mr Mason then lay unconscious on the floor before a group of off-duty critical care workers rushed to his aid.
He suffered head injuries from which he died in hospital six months later.
Allan, 35, of Hook in Hampshire, admitted manslaughter and was acquitted of the murder.
Allan was jailed at the Old Bailey for three years and nine months for murder.
During sentencing, Mr Mason’s family blamed Allan for a double tragedy when they recounted how his brother overdosed three months after his death.
Mr Mason has been made an honorary citizen of the City of London for charity.
His family described him as a “remarkably kind, decent, gentle soul” who prospered in all aspects of his life.
In sentencing, Judge Michael Topolski KC said, “The circumstances leading to the defendant causing the death of a perfectly respectable, totally innocent stranger who happened to be passing by are as extraordinary as they are tragic.”
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