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Man kills friend who asked to be punched in the face during drinking game

By Mason White 6:00 PM April 3, 2016
Patrick Ryan (left) punched Phillip Evans 

By: Tanya Malhotra
Two friends of the United Kingdom, were drinking together and were having a nice time when one man asked to be punched in the face.

42-year-old Philip Evans asked his drinking buddy Patrick Ryan, 25, to hit him in the face as hard as he could because “he had never been knocked out before, the Wolverhampton Crown Court heard.

The father-of-one child even complimented his friend on the quality of the punch before collapsing on the floor of his living room, according to court documents.

However, the drunken game had tragic consequences as Evans lost his life. He was rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Judge James Burbidge QC said that Ryan was described “as a quiet guy who is neither aggressive nor argumentative.”

However, the judge said that he should not have agreed to punch his friend or at least he should not have done it so hard.

The court heard that the deceased was known to enjoy horseplay when drinking. “He had asked at least one other person to try to knock him out on a previous occasion, but that person had refused to do so, and you should have done the same,” the judge told Ryan.

Ryan pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to three years in prison.