A community safety chief says the death of a Dundee man at the hands of a teenager was an “isolated incident”.
The 16-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, hit John Watt on the cheek, causing him to fall and smash his head on the road.
Mr Watt suffered skull fractures and bleeding on the brain and died 14 hours later when his life support machine was switched off.
At the High Court in Glasgow, the teenager pleaded guilty to the culpable homicide of Mr Watt, from Stobswell. The fatal assault took place on Albert Street on January 7, at 3.30am.
Alan Ross, the community safety and public protection convener for Dundee City Council, said he was unaware there was a particular problem with youth violence in Dundee.
He said: “This appears to be an isolated incident. I’ve never been shown any evidence or had any conversations that there is a specific issue with youth violence in the city.
“It seems to have been a tragic incident.”
A community leader has branded the killing of Mr Watt a “double tragedy”.
David Macdougall, of the Stobswell Forum, said: “I can’t begin to image what both families are going through at this time. It is a tragedy for both families.”
Mr Watt, who had a son and daughter, had spent the evening in the Abode pub and then Rewind nightclub.
He started walking home around 3am, but on Albert Street, got into a shouting match with teenager partygoers.
The accused and others were leaning out a window and shouting threats and Mr Watt was seen with his arms outstretched as if gesturing to fight.
CCTV footage showed that Mr Watt stood outside the flat for about six minutes before walking away with his hands in his pockets.
At the same time, the accused and others came out of the flat and the accused ran after Mr Watt.
When he caught up with him, the teenager punched him once and Mr Watt fell backwards, striking his head on the ground, then ran away.
Mr Watt was seen lying on his back on the road, with blood seeping from a head wound, by a taxi driver who dialled 999.
He was taken to Ninewells Hospital where multiple skull fractures and bleeding on the brain were found. The cause of death was attributed to skull and brain injuries.
When questioned by police, the teenager initially claimed he had never left the party flat.
However, police inquiries, CCTV footage and witnesses accounts revealed he was responsible for punching Mr Watt.