When a pub brawl becomes a murder

LAST week saw police called to a mass brawl in the early hours on Coinagehall Street in Helston.

It is reported that the brawl began after a man was ejected from a nearby club which led to approximately 20 men becoming involved in a melee.

As is normally the case in these type of incidents, excess drink seems to have been the trigger.

It lowers peoples inhibitions and dulls the ability for rational thought and I wonder how many of the people involved spared a moment to consider the repercussions of their actions.

Last year a man was killed in Redruth when a fight outside the Twilight Zone escalated to such a degree that two men beat him to death.

As well as a young life cruelly taken away and a future not realised, there will have  been numerous other lives irreversibly affected, both people connected to the victim but also those associated with the perpetrators.

A scuffle in town after a few beers may seem like a bit of a laugh and no big deal but there is no way of knowing how a punch to the head will affect different individuals.

I hope that those involved woke the next morning with remorse and consider how lucky they are that no one was seriously injured.

* Between writing this piece and going to press, a friend of mine saw his brother killed in a brawl outside a club in Leamington Spa on Saturday night.

From what I can gather, he was caught in the crossfire of a fight between two rival fractions and he was hit by accident.

It only takes one moment to change countless lives.

Toby Hines

Toby Hines founded the Helston Advertiser in 2000 and is a passionate supporter of local businesses. He is a big believer in health and wellness and likes to begin most days with a walk around Helston with his Golden Retriever or an hour in the gym. A father of three, he is happiest when spending quality time with the family.

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