Andrew Nicholas died following an incident at 1.15am in Monmouth on Sunday, June 26. The 43-year-old, from Poole, was found unresponsive in Monnow Street and died on Thursday, June 30

Rugby player, 19, admitted manslaughter of ‘absolute gentleman’, 43

Rugby player, 19, admits manslaughter of ‘absolute gentleman’, 43, who was found unconscious in the street and died four days later during a golfing weekend away

  • Andrew Nicholas, 43, from Poole, was in Monmouth on June 26 to play golf
  • During a night out in the town he was assaulted by Morgan Wainewright, 19
  • Four days after the assault, Mr Nicholas died and Wainwright was charged
  • The 19-year-old rugby player today pleaded guilty to Mr Nicholas’ manslaughter

A teenager has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of a man who was found unconscious in the street following an assault. He was taken to hospital but later died as a result of his injuries.

Andrew Nicholas died following an incident at 1.15am in Monmouth on Sunday, June 26. The 43-year-old, from Poole, was found unresponsive in Monnow Street and died on Thursday, June 30.

Morgan Wainewright, 19, from Monmouth, appeared at Cardiff Crown Court today where he pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Mr Nicholas.

Wainewright was remanded in custody until sentencing next month but was warned he must prepare himself for a term of imprisonment.

Andrew Nicholas died following an incident at 1.15am in Monmouth on Sunday, June 26. The 43-year-old, from Poole, was found unresponsive in Monnow Street and died on Thursday, June 30

Morgan Wainewright, 19, from Monmouth, appeared at Cardiff Crown Court today where he pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Mr Nicholas (file photograph)

Morgan Wainewright, 19, from Monmouth, appeared at Cardiff Crown Court today where he pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Mr Nicholas (file photograph)

He will reappear at Cardiff Crown Court on December 22.

The family of Mr Nicholas previously paid tribute following his death. The family said: ‘We are all heartbroken beyond words by the shocking and unacceptable loss of Andrew, known to all as Bandy. He was an amazing, wonderful, and loving son, brother, and uncle to his three nieces who adored him. He was a well-known and respected sportsman through semi-professional football and with his big passion, golf.

‘His passing has devastated the local golf community and his golf club where he was a key member, champion, and friend to so many. He was heavily involved with the club and ran charity and support events through Covid to support the NHS. The club members describe him as a legend and absolute gentleman.

‘The hole that has been left in the lives of so many is one that will never be filled, and the pain caused will be with us for the rest of our lives. His loss will never be forgotten. The kind words of love and support we as a family have received has been incredible.’

Sentencing was adjourned until December 22 by the Recorder of Cardiff, Judge Tracey Lloyd-Clarke.

Judge Lloyd-Clarke ordered a pre-sentence report but warned Wainewright it would only go towards determining the length of his custodial term.

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