Sickening footage shows the moment a surly teenager killed an 82-year-old Army veteran with a single punch after being told off for causing trouble in a Derby bus station.
Omar Moumeche, who was 16 at the time, violently attacked beloved Dennis Clarke at Derby bus station after he told off his friends for messing about on an escalator.
The 82-year-old pensioner was on his way home from a shopping trip when he suffered a fractured skull as well as a bleed on the brain after being punched by vindictive Moumeche.
He sadly died at Queen’s Medical Centre, in Nottingham, nine days after the assault on May 6, 2021.
Moumeche, now 18, was found guilty of manslaughter in July and was sentenced to two years in youth detention at Derby Crown Court today.
Police have now released shocking footage of the attack showing Mr Clarke being surrounded by the group of teens he had earlier challenged at The Eagle Market.
Moumeche (pictured), now 18, was found guilty of manslaughter in July and was sentenced to two years in youth detention at Derby Crown Court today
The pensioner Dennis Clarke (pictured), 82, suffered a fractured skull as well as a bleed on the brain and died in hospital nine days after the assault on May 6, 2021
The shocking footage showed the former soldier, who served in Singapore in the Sherwood Foresters regiment, being followed to Derby bus station.
There, he was surrounded by the teenagers. He was pushed and then viciously punched to the ground.
After this, Moumeche fled the bus station but was arrested within minutes.
Mr Clarke’s ‘devastating’ death will take his family many years to come to terms with, his nephew Ricky Darvey told the sentencing hearing in a victim impact statement, the Mirror reports.
He said about his beloved uncle: ‘His death has left a hole in the lives of the whole family and we have just been left with a feeling of emptiness.
‘There will forever be an empty chair at Christmas and an empty place on the dancefloor.’
He also told how Mr Clarke loved fishing and dancing, was a committed Christian and ‘doted on his family’.
Detective Inspector Mark Shaw said: ‘Our investigation was assisted by the capture of CCTV footage and many witness accounts, all of which were presented during the trial.
‘The defendant claimed he acted in self-defence, and the jury on the balance and high threshold required refused to accept his version of events.
Omar Moumeche, who was 16 at the time, attacked Dennis Clarke at Derby bus station after he told off his friends for messing about on an escalator (pictured: CCTV captured the teenagers following Mr Clarke into the bus station)
Mr Clarke’s (pictured) ‘devastating’ death will take his family many years to come to terms with, his nephew Ricky Darvey told the sentencing hearing in a victim impact statement
‘Dennis was a well known and loved friend and family member.
‘Dennis’ family were present throughout the hearings and have acted with absolute dignity both throughout the trial and including at the time the guilty verdict was returned and I thank them for that.
‘The tragic events of that day have had a devastating effect on both the families of Mr Clarke and of the defendant himself.
‘Mr Moumeche’s actions in that moment will have lasting affects both short term whilst he is serving his custodial sentence, and post sentence as he tries to move forward.
‘I hope that this case will demonstrate how important it is to stop and take a moment before resolving any matters and avoid resorting to the level of violence and the consequences seen here.
‘I would like to express my thanks to the family of Mr Clarke for the dignity shown throughout the entire criminal process and hope they can look to move forward and now focus on their fond memories of Dennis.’
Andrew Baxter, from the CPS, said: ‘Dennis Clarke’s tragic death was the result of this young person’s intimidating and aggressive behaviour, refusing to back down and not knowing when to walk away.
The former soldier, who served in Singapore, was then followed to Derby bus station, where he was viciously punched to the ground (pictured: Mr Clarke arriving at the bus station)
CCTV captured Mr Clarke (left) being pushed by the teenagers at Derby bus station
‘Mr Clarke was within his rights to challenge the behaviour and had then gone about his business, assuming that the incident was concluded.
‘Moumeche chose to confront him at the bus station, behaving in an aggressive and intimidating way to a man in his 80s who posed no threat.
‘He then threw a punch which led to the death of an elderly and innocent man, and a family grieving a much-loved family member and respected member of the community.
‘I would like to offer everyone close to Dennis Clarke every sympathy for their loss.’
Judge Shaun Smith KC told Moumeche: ‘You could have walked away but you decided to get involved and shortly before you delivered the blow an 82-year-old man was surrounded by three youngsters and you struck him with a deliberate blow.’
No further action was taken against two other teenage boys who were arrested at the time in connection with the attack.
This comes after another teenage one-punch killer who walked off laughing after an unprovoked attack on his victim was jailed for six years.
Kieran Scott, 19, lashed out at defenceless Daniel Thomas, 53, while he was sitting on a bench in Hull on June 14, 2022.
Kieran Scott (pictured), 19, lashed out at defenceless Daniel Thomas, 53, while he was sitting on a bench in Hull on June 14, 2022
Kieran Scott (pictured), 19, was locked up for six years following an attack on ‘defenceless’ victim Daniel Thomas, 53
Hull Crown Court heard that Scott was annoyed at Mr Thomas – known as Mark – for ‘getting lairy’ with him and being ‘cheeky’.
Following the attack, Mr Thomas never regained consciousness and died two days later in hospital from a bleed in his brain. Scott, of Sherburn Street, Hull, pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
He was originally accused of murder but the prosecution accepted his guilty plea to the lesser offence.
Richard Thompson, prosecuting, said that on June 14, 2022, Mr Thomas was sitting on a bench on the corner of Newbridge Road and Sherburn Street, with a can of cider in his hand.
A woman was standing and talking to him but he was being ‘quite argumentative’ with her, the court heard.
Two men, including Scott, approached from Sherburn Street and asked Mr Thomas, the woman, and another man if they wanted anything – which they assumed to mean drugs – but they all declined.
The men turned and double-backed to the bench but Scott approached Mr Thomas, who was sitting on the bench with his elbows resting on his knees ‘in his own world’.
Mr Thompson said: ‘Without warning, he struck the fatal blow with his right hand to the head of the deceased.’
The blow was ‘unprovoked and completely unexpected’ and landed on the left cheek of Mr Thomas with an ‘audible thud’, the court heard.
Scott and the other man walked away.
Mr Thompson said: ‘They were both laughing and did not look back. The deceased fell sideways onto the bench and then dropped to the floor.’