Robert Owen Greenhalgh has been sentenced for an incident where he killed a man at a nightclub.
In September, Robert Owen Greenhalgh killed Robert Smethurst, 36, following an incident at a nightclub. Smethurst suffered brain trauma and succumbed to injuries later that night. Recently, Greenhalgh pleaded guilty to manslaughter and has been sentenced to 11 years in prison.
On the night of the incident, it was reported that Smethurst, a father-of-two, stepped on Greenhalgh’s foot. Later in the night, Greenhalgh attacked Smethurst, who was celebrating his birthday at Luxe Lounge in Bradshawgate, Bolton. The incident occurred around 1:30 A.M.
Greenhalgh was sentenced by Judge Anthony Cross QC. He made a comment during the portion of the sentencing while Smethurst’s wife, Amanda, also spoke.
“NOT FOR ONE MOMENT DID YOU CONSIDER THAT WHICH YOU HAD DONE, OTHER THAN TO GLORY IN YOUR ACHIEVEMENT AND INVITE OTHERS TO ATTACK YOU,” CROSS SAID.
“I WAS ROBBED OF MY HUSBAND, MY BEST FRIEND, MY HAPPINESS AND MY FUTURE ALL IN ONE,” AMANDA SMETHURST SAID. “HOW COULD SOMEONE BE SO VIOLENT AND HATEFUL TOWARDS MY HUSBAND WHO DID ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DESERVE THIS ATTACK?
THE LOVE FOR MY HUSBAND IS OVERWHELMING PROOF OF WHAT AN INCREDIBLE MAN HE IS. I MISS HIM MORE THAN WORDS COULD EVER DESCRIBE.”
Robert Owen Greenhalgh has no previous convictions but police learned of his violent history after he claimed he “knocked out” three people on one occasion. He was also open about his steroid and cocaine use. Prior to attending the club, Greenhalgh had been drinking and doing drugs with a friend.
Greenhalgh was found at a hotel in Leigh following the incident. Police found syringes with traces of testosterone and trenbolone used for the gym in his work van. Greenhalgh referenced the drugs he was using when discussing the event.
In the end, Robert Owen Greenhalgh will spend 11 years and three months in prison. He will serve two-thirds of the term in prison. After being released, Greenhalgh will have to observe an added three years and nine months on license.