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OUR FAMILY NIGHTMARE; Widow screams as teen acquitted of 'one-punch' killing.

Byline: By RON MOORE

A WIFE collapsed in tears as a teenager was cleared of killing her husband with a single blow.

Pauline Moor, 36, fell to her knees screaming as the not proven verdict was delivered yesterday.

A jury decided there was not enough evidence to convict Craig Hobin, 18, of the culpable homicide of Andrew Moor, 33. The dad-of-two died when trouble-flared after an 18th birthday party in March 2006.

Mrs Moor, who has two sons Lee, six, and 13-year-old Jamie, had to be carried out of the court.

After the verdict Mr Moor's family claimed "justice has not been served". Their statement said: "The family has had to endure a living nightmare. It has been an emotional rollercoaster, where we have been unable to begin the process of grieving and been left suspended in a void wondering how and why Andy was tragically taken from us."

The high court in Aberdeen heard how meat inspector Mr Moor had struck the ground after being punched outside the Royal British Legion club in the Bridge of Don.

Trainee oil engineer Hobin confessed to police when he heard Mr Moor was fighting for his life in hospital.

The dad-of-one told officers he had stepped in over a row about football between his dad, Michael 43, and Mr Moor. Witnesses claimed Mr Moor, originally from Liverpool, was drunk and aggressive at the time. Hobin told the court: "My dad continued to tell the Scouser to settle down and he then tried to throw a punch at my dad.

"I stepped over to where the Scouser was and punched him with my right hand once, making contact with his left cheek.

"The one punch knocked him to the ground but I don't know how he landed."

Hobin was originally charged with murdering Mr Moor, but this was reduced to culpable homicide. He denied the charge and claimed he was only trying to defend his dad.

After a four-day trial in front of Lord Bracadale the jury of 13 women and two men delivered a not proven verdict. Hobin, who left court with his father, refused to comment.

Mrs Moor split with her husband nine months before he died but said they remained close. In her statement read after the verdict she added: "Craig will have to live with the knowledge and guilt that he mindlessly terminated the life of a very special man on the day he senselessly attacked Andy."

It went on: "We want people to learn from this and that arguing over football is a pointless activity."


PUNCHER: Hobin; TRAGIC: Mr Moor with his two young sons; STUNNED: Pauline Moor leaving court yesterday
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 1, 2007
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