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Family’s tribute after justice for Yorkshire dad killed in street with headbutt

The family of Peter Houghton who was tragically murdered in the street has paid tribute.

The thug responsible for killing Hull dad Peter Houghton has been jailed for four-and-a-half years for the manslaughter of the 59-year-old. Peter’s life was tragically cut short by the mindless actions of Scott Connell during a night out in Scarborough after he headbutted him in the street, causing him to suffer a fatal head injury when he hit the pavement.

Last year, on the night of Saturday, September 17, 2022, Peter had been in Scarborough celebrating his imminent 60th birthday with friends when at around 9pm, as Peter and a friend walked up Newborough towards the town centre, they witnessed a verbal row between Connell and another man. Peter attempted to diffuse this and was headbutted by Connell, tragically the force of the blow caused Peter to fall to the ground and hit his head where he later died from his injuries.

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Scarborough man, Scott Antony Connell of 35, of The Crescent, fled the scene immediately after the attack. He went home and changed his clothing. He then returned to the scene of the assault, before leaving again upon seeing a police cordon where he had attacked Peter.

Connell surrendered himself at Scarborough Police Station the following day, after seeing the public appeal on social media. In his second police interview, he finally admitted that he had headbutted Peter and was later charged with his manslaughter and pleaded guilty on Monday, July 17, 2023.

Peter Houghton died after being attacked in Scarborough on a night out

Today (Tuesday, September 12, 2023) Connell was sentenced to four-and-a-half years at Leeds Crown Court.

Family man Peter leaves behind his wife Lindsey, children Gareth, Carla and Amy, and five grandchildren.

Peter’s heart-broken daughter Carla read her victim personal statement out in court before the sentencing, she said: “Each and every death brings a different pain, but this one I cannot comprehend. This has been the hardest year of our lives. I’ve watched my whole family fall apart mentally and I’ve never felt pain as strong as this.

“The feeling that always completed me was seeing my mother and father together, even if I never saw them often. Now, all I see is my mother as she stands alone without her soulmate.

“My father was an honourable man. Hard working, strong minded, and he has passed over whole. He taught me everything I know today. I miss his presence. And my daughter still craves for her grandfather.

“I hope, in time, my heart will forgive. The wounds are still fresh, but time is a great healer. I hope there is deep repentance for the crime that has been committed. I’ll never forget you, Dad.”

Other family victim personal statements were read out in court with Peter’s wife Lindsey saying she has lost half of herself saying: “I miss him dearly, my happiness has been destroyed.”

Scott Antony Connell was jailed for manslaughter
(Image: North Yorkshire Police)

Amy said “our lives aren’t the same” and Gareth said Connell has “taken my best friend away, my Dad”.

Detective Superintendent Fran Naughton from North Yorkshire Police, the senior investigating officer, said: “Connell’s reaction to being challenged about his behaviour in the street has resulted in the tragic death of a much-loved family man.

“Our thoughts remain with Peter’s family and friends and we hope that the outcome at court provides some form of closure for them following a very distressing and traumatic time in their lives.

“No sentence can bring Peter back, but we hope that this case sends a clear message and warning to others of the potential and devastating consequences that just one strike or punch can cause.”

North Yorkshire Police is currently working with the One Punch UK charity to help prevent tragic deaths and life-changing injuries caused by punches or a headbutt in this tragic case.

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