A Kidderminster father-of-four who caused the death of a man in a drunken late night fight in a town centre has been jailed for six years and three months.

Michael Davis, of Queen Elizabeth Street, Kidderminster, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of 29-year-old Anthony Jordan who died from a brain haemorrhage after spending four months in hospital and undergoing 17 operations, Worcester Crown Court was told.

Davis, aged 34, put his head down and sobbed in the dock as he listened to police officer Carole Jordan, the victim's mother, read a statement on the impact of her son's death to the court and the packed public gallery.

"I don't think that when you hit Anthony you wanted to kill him," she said. "You just wanted to hurt him, to make yourself look big. I hope you feel big now."

Michael Burrows, QC, prosecuting, told the court Mr Jordan had been out drinking with a friend, Michael Young, and was in Dixon Street in Kidderminster at around 3am on Sunday, October 12 last year.

Davis and his partner Sarah Davies had been to a wedding and had also been drinking, the court heard. Miss Davies stumbled and Davis reacted when he heard someone make the comment "nice legs."

The court was shown CCTV footage of the incident as Davis and Mr Jordan confronted each other.

They were both involved in throwing punches before Mr Jordan and Mr Young crossed the road.

Some further comments were exchanged and Davis followed them. He hit Mr Jordan to the head and he fell to the floor.

Davis had not realised what had happened as others ran to give assistance and he was found by police in Tribe nightclub less than an hour later.

He initially said he had been acting in self-defence and said he "could not hit anyone as hard as that."

Mr Jordan was unconscious on the floor and paramedics found a couple of teeth in the road nearby, the court heard. He was bleeding and had swelling to his face.

He was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham for specialist neuro surgical treatment in the intensive care unit and did not leave hospital before his death on February 24 this year.

Antonie Muller defending said the fight had been "drunken grappling" and witnesses said many of the blows did not land. He said Davis had been due to look after his children on the day but had changed the plans to go to a wedding.

"There was no trouble at the wedding," Mr Muller said. "He was not looking for trouble."

Judge Robert Juckes, QC, said it was clear from the reaction of Davis to the victim impact statement that he was genuinely remorseful. It was not clear exactly how the fight started but it had been a serious disturbance.

"It's the kind of behaviour that causes other users of town centres like Kidderminster and Worcester and all our town centres to feel insecure," he said.

He said the injury that caused Mr Jordan 's death was clearly caused by one of the blows.

"The violence was unlawful from start to finish though the consequences were unintended and unexpected," he said.