Mum who lost son backs drive to end drunken violence

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​A MOTHER from South Tyneside whose teenage son died following a one-punch attack has backed a police campaign against drink-fuelled violence.

Kristian Thompson was just 18 when Mark Berry attacked him at the K2 nightclub in Consett, County Durham, on September 4, 2010.

The teenager then fell and hit his head, and although he came out of a coma a week later, he never fully recovered and died in a treatment centre in Northampton in July 2011.

Berry, of Leadgate, Consett, admitted causing grievous bodily harm and was sentenced to 28 months in prison.

He was free two months before Kristian died.

Kristian’s mum Maxine, who now lives in Whitburn is backing Durham Constabulary’s Punched Out Cold campaign to warn people of the dangers of what just one punch can do.

Maxine said: “I fully back this police campaign because people do not realise the full implications of their actions.

“One drunken punch could send you to prison and send someone else to the morgue.

“I want everyone out there to be aware of what one punch can mean. I want Kristian’s death to make a difference.

“When Kristian was still alive I began fundraising for Kristian’s friends to go and see him. Kristian’s journey will hopefully become a charity soon.”

Durham’s Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg has praised Maxine’s courage for speaking out.

He said: “I applaud Maxine’s courage and tenacity in taking this case forward.

“There is no excuse for the type of behaviour which led to Kristian’s death and I am therefore pleased to offer my full support to Maxine’s campaign.”