During an interview with LADbible TV, Jacob Dunne opened up about the day he accidentally killed a man with one punch. The facts date back to 2011. At the time, the 19-year-old was celebrating the majority of a friend by touring bars: “We had been drinking all day, it was a weekend like any other. ” As the evening progressed, the Briton found himself all alone until his group called him for reinforcements for an altercation in another establishment: “I ran there but I did not ask my friend ‘What’s going on? Why are you getting confused? Why are you making a scene?’ Or tried to defuse the situation and tell them to leave. Unfortunately, I got involved and punched a guy who was arguing with my buddy. He fell to the ground.”
A month later, Jacob was summoned by the police. It was then that he learned the terrible truth. James Hodgkinson, the man he punched, had died after spending 9 days in a coma. It was a 28-year-old first-aid apprentice. Sentenced to 30 months in prison, the Briton was released after 14 months. A tragic event that completely changed his life: “At the time, I felt a lot of unpleasant emotions. I was unhappy. I wondered why it had happened to me. Why my punch had this impact “Everything was passing very quickly in front of my eyes. At the end, I was like anesthetized, in a black hole.” The Englishman explains that his late mother was particularly devastated by this incident: “She was in all her states. She kept crying thinking of the pain that the other mother could feel.”
Meeting the victim’s parents changed his life
Following this drama, Jacob came into contact with James’ family: “You know, James’ parents told me that he was the type of person who wanted me to do something positive with my life. That helped me believe in myself a little more. Because I knew I wouldn’t have accomplished anything if I had been stuck in guilt and shame for my actions.” When the victim’s parents asked him what he was planning to do, the Englishman said: “I didn’t mean to say ‘sorry’. I felt like it was an insult to say the word ‘sorry’ ‘. I wanted to prove to them through my actions that I was truly sorry.” At the age of 21, he re-wrote and earned his college diploma. Today, the 30-year-old leads educational workshops and develops resources for school children and prisoners.