A Wellington man has been jailed for three years and seven months for delivering a fatal punch to a stranger as people celebrated at surrounding Christmas parties.
Cruz Mason Murray, 27, was sentenced in the High Court at Wellington this morning.
He was last month found guilty of the manslaughter of 48-year-old truck driver Bruce Coker in the suburb of Tawa on the night of December 20 last year.
Mr Coker, who had been drinking a few doors down, had been walking past a party Murray was attending.
A single punch felled Mr Coker, who didn't try to break his fall and his skull was shattered when he hit the concrete.
Mr Coker died 50 hours later in hospital from his brain injuries when his life support was switched off.