Daughter sees justice served
THE daughter of a man who died following a confrontation outside a Nailsea pub has said justice has been served after a former Nailsea man was convicted of the killing.
Following a trial at Bristol Crown Court and more than a day of deliberation, a jury returned a unanimous guilty verdict on Thursday against Stephen Snook.
Snook, now of Load Lane, Bridgwater, was charged and put on trial for manslaughter following the death of Alec Farley outside The Queens Head pub in High Street on June 23, the evening after England’s World Cup win over Slovenia.
During his trial, which began on May 9, the 46-year-old denied punching Mr Farley during the incident, saying he pushed him, causing him to accidentally fall backwards down some steps.
However, some witnesses said they saw Snook throw a punch or a ‘jab’ before Mr Farley, aged 50, hit his head on paving slabs, causing him to fracture his skull.
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Mr Farly, who was known as Big Al to many people, died in the early hours of the following day.
Following Thursday’s verdict, Alec’s daughter, Kim Farley, who nolives in Aberdeen, Scotland, but went to school in Nailse, said she welcomed the verdict.
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The 25-year-old said: “I’m just glad that its all over and justice has been served.
“It’s been a very hard week for me but in the end the truth came out.
“I want to say a big thank you to all the people that went to court to tell the truth.
“I know it was very hard for them to go back to the night that lead my dad to a fatal death.
“Also a very big thank you to all the friends in Nailsea that have been supportive to me.”
Following Thursday’s verdict, Snook was released on bail and will return to court on June 20 to be sentenced.