Pavol Jurik jailed after killing housemate Richard Kosa outside Sinfin Library in drunken dispute over cleaning their home
A SLOVAKIAN national who admitted killing his housemate in a drunken dispute about cleaning their Derby home has been jailed.
CCTV captured Richard Kosa falling to the ground outside Sinfin Library, near Grampian Way, after Pavol Jurik had forcefully punched him three times.
Mr Kosa, 40, also a Slovakian, died in hospital two days later, on August 20.
Derby Crown Court heard Mr Kosa died of a bleed around the brain, caused by an artery snapping when there was a violent rotation of his neck.
Jailing Jurik, of Athol Close, Sinfin, for five years and four months, Judge John Burgess said: "The circumstances which led to his death create a real anger at the pointlessness of his death."
He said Jurik had worked himself into a temper about the perception that Mr Kosa was not doing enough around the house.
The court was told the fact Mr Kosa did not respond to him when he raised the issue made Jurik even more angry as he thought his housemate was being "disrespectful".
Judge Burgess said: "What is plainly obvious from the CCTV is Mr Kosa did nothing to provoke what you did."
The footage showed Jurik slap him, grab him by the throat and push him to the floor. Mr Kosa managed to get to his feet.
Judge Burgess said: "You punched him three times.
"They must have been forceful and powerful blows.
"The injury that led to his death is indicative of the power."
Paramedics were called by a CCTV monitor. The court heard that Jurik, 41, remained at the scene.
Both men had been drinking.
Alwyn Jones, for Jurik, who admitted manslaughter, said: "These two men, until that day, were good friends."
The court heard that Jurik, after he was arrested, was asked by officers if he had meant to hurt Mr Kosa or cause him serious harm.
Jurik said: "No, not at all. I wouldn't even dream of it."
Mr Jones said: "[After Mr Kosa fell to the ground] Jurik tried to provide assistance, which was confirmed by the officers who attended."
The judge said he accepted Jurik did not intend to cause Mr Kosa any serious injury.
After the sentencing, investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Phil Cox said: "This case shows how even a fight among friends can have devastating consequences."
The court was told Jurik would be deported at the end of his sentence.