Nurse’s agony at husband’s killing in one-punch assault: Wife, 52 years old, reveals that her family has been destroyed by the thugs’s fatal blow

  • Adam Lovatt was attacked as he celebrated his 45th birthday in Crewe
  • Samuel Thorpe (26 years old) struck the father of two in the face, before leaving him for dead.
  • Clare Lovatt stated that her future, and that of her sons, has been’stolen.
  • Thorpe was convicted of  manslaughter at Liverpool Crown Court last week










A nurse yesterday spoke of how her family life has been destroyed after her husband was killed by a thug’s single punch.

Clare Lovatt, 52, said her future and that of their two sons had been ‘stolen’ when Adam Lovatt was knocked to the pavement, suffering two skull fractures and a fatal bleed on the brain.

Mr Lovatt, a retail manager and businessman, was out celebrating his 45th Birthday at a pub the night Samuel Thorpe attacked him.

Thorpe, 26, followed Mr Lovatt outside after a minor row, hitting him in the face before fleeing – leaving him for dead.

Adam Lovatt with wife Clare, who has spoken of how her family life has been destroyed after her husband was killed by a thug’s single punch

Adam Lovatt with wife Clare, who has spoken of how her family life has been destroyed after her husband was killed by a thug’s single punch

Retail manager and businessman Mr Lovatt with his mother Maria. Adam had been out celebrating his 45th birthday at a pub on the night he was killed

Maria Lovatt, a retail manager and businessman, is his mother. Adam was out celebrating his 45th birthday at a pub when he was shot and killed.

The dad-of-two was killed with a single punch from a drunken attacker outside the Bridge Inn in Shropshire Street, Crewe

The dad-of-two was killed with a single punch from a drunken attacker outside the Bridge Inn in Shropshire Street, Crewe

Yesterday, after Thorpe’s conviction for manslaughter last week, Mrs Lovatt said: ‘As a nurse I have only ever wanted to help people, as a mother I only ever wanted a good life for our boys and for them to grow up in a nurturing, respectful environment.

‘Adam’s love and support gave us all of this. Adam literally taking our lives and my future away is too much for anyone. 

‘I am no longer the person I was whilst he was alive.’

The couple were celebrating his birthday in May 2018 at a pub near Audlem in Cheshire. They also owned a delicatessen. 

Mrs Lovatt left for home while Mr Lovatt walked to another bar where he met Thorpe, 37, and Nicolas Hill, 37.

There was a row and Mr Lovatt ran away, but the two men stayed with him. After Thorpe’s fatal blow, they fled. 

A passing motorist called emergency service, but Mr Lovatt did not regain consciousness and died later that day in hospital.

Samuel Thorpe, 26, followed Mr Lovatt outside after a minor row, hitting him in the face before fleeing – leaving him for dead. He was convicted of manslaughter last week

Samuel Thorpe, 26, followed Mr Lovatt outside after a minor row, hitting him in the face before fleeing – leaving him for dead. He was convicted last week of manslaughter

Thorpe, Wybunbury, Cheshire tried to evade police and get rid of his phone so he could travel to North Wales.

He was convicted of manslaughter after a ten-day trial. 

Hill, Audlem, was not found guilty of manslaughter. However, he admitted to aiding an offender. Both men will be sentenced in the next month.

Paying tribute, Mrs Lovatt said her husband ‘did lovely things for me like running a hot bath, putting out candles and having a meal cooked for me when I got in late from a nursing shift’. 

Mr Lovatt’s mother, Maria, described her youngest son as ‘funny, loving and hard-working’.

Detective Inspector Adam Waller said Mr Lovatt’s death was a ‘stark reminder’ that lashing out can change lives in an instant.

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