A man, who killed a devoted father-of-two following a disagreement which "unnecessarily escalated", has been jailed for five years.

Nathan Turner, 23, of Myrtle Road, Brentwood was jailed at Chelmsford Crown Court today, Friday March 9th, after pleading guilty to the manslaughter of Dean Jose at an earlier hearing.

Mr Jose, who was known as “Deano” to his friends and family, had been visiting Brentwood with his wife Maxine to attend a charity event to raise money for a local hospice.

The court heard the pair, from King’s Lynn Norfolk, returned to their hotel in King’s Road, Brentwood at around 12.45am on Monday August 28 2017 when an argument broke out with a group of girls.

The girls got into a waiting BMW but a short time later Turner got out of the car and a fight broke out between him and Mr Jose.

During the fight Turner punched Mr Jose to the ground and, whilst he lay defenceless, kicked him to the head.

Mr Jose, a rehabilitation specialist, suffered devastating head injuries and died on Saturday September 2 leaving behind his wife and two daughters.

Following the sentencing Senior Investigating Officer DI Stuart Truss of the South Major Crime Team said: “What started as a minor disagreement quickly and unnecessarily escalated leaving so many lives shattered in the aftermath.

“There was no need for Turner to involve himself in what was a minor argument. He did and the level of violence he used was such that Mr Jose suffered devastating head injuries from which he never recovered.

“Turner will have to live with the consequences of his actions that night for the rest of his life.

“Mr Jose’s family, and in particular his wife and two teenage daughters, will never recover from the untimely and needless loss of their loved-one Dean. I only hope they find some comfort in today’s sentence being passed.”

Mr Jose grew up in Harold Hill and Romford and dedicated his life to helping disabled children and adults.

Paying tribute to the 47-year-old, his wife Maxine said: “Dean was the most kindest, loving and considerate husband, father, son and brother anyone could ever wish for. 

“His loss has left a huge hole in our hearts that can never be filled, and no sentence today will ever replace the pain and heartache we are all going through as a family and will for the rest of our lives.”

Turner was also sentenced to eight months to run concurrently for possessing the Class B drug cannabis with intent to supply and possession of the Class A drug cocaine.