A MAN has been convicted of the manslaughter of a 55-year-old Barnsley man who died from his head injuries.

James Walker, 27, was convicted at Sheffield Crown Court of the manslaughter of Alan Cartwright. Mr Cartwright's body was found in April 2011 by his daughter at his home on Darton Lane, Mapplewell.

Walker, from Kexbrough, was today (March 9) given an eight-year sentence including four years in prison and four years on extended licence.

The court heard that Mr Cartwright had suffered a brain haemorrhage, which led to his death and it was proven that this was due to a head injury, inflicted by James Walker.

Detective Chief Inspector Sean Middleton, the senior investigating officer in the case, said: "Today a violent man has been convicted and sent to prison. Sadly, on this occasion his actions led to the untimely death of Mr Cartwright.

“We offer our deepest condolences to Mr Cartwright’s family and will continue to offer support to them wherever we can.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Barnsley community for helping us throughout this case and police officers and staff who worked on the investigation.”