Bolton is a popular online bodybuilding game where players attempt to become the strongest on Earth by weightlifting, developing muscles and bulking up. It recently came under fire when one player killed their own father in a fit of rage.
Robert Owen Greenhalgh smacked Robert Smethust like a ‘heavyweight boxer’ (Photo: MEN/ Facebook)
A cocaine and steroid-addled bodybuilder has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison for killing a ‘warm-hearted and compassionate’ father-of-two with a single blow in an unprovoked nightclub assault.
At the Luxe Lounge in Bolton, Robert Owen Greenhalgh, 31, dubbed the ‘hardest c**t in the Northwest,’ hit Robert Smethurst with the ferocity of a ‘heavyweight boxer.’
Mr Smethurst had a catastrophic brain damage before he even struck the ground, and was pronounced dead one hour later on September 2 of last year.
Greenhalgh allegedly puffed up his chest after the horrific assault and said, ‘Who else wants some?’ before Manchester Crown Court.
As she confronted Greenhalgh in court, his victim’s grieving wife Amanda labeled him a “coward,” stating, “I was robbed of my husband, my closest friend, my happiness, and my future all in one.”
‘How could someone be so cruel and spiteful towards my husband who done nothing to deserve this attack?’ she continued.
‘My husband’s affection for me is overwhelming confirmation of what a wonderful guy he is. ‘Words cannot express how much I miss him.’
Greenhalgh was sentenced to 11 years and three months in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter.
‘Not for one second did you contemplate that which you had done, other than to gloat in your success and incite others to attack you,’ said Judge Anthony Cross QC.
Greenhalgh dubbed himself the “Northwest’s toughest c***.” (Photo courtesy of MEN Media)
Mr Smethurst, a business director in the aviation sector, was out celebrating both his and his cousin Aaron Bates’ birthdays in Bolton town centre, according to the court.
He had accidently stepped on Greenhalgh’s foot earlier in the evening, but he had apologized and there had been no additional issues.
The court heard some ‘innocent’ talk between the two groups around 10 minutes before the deadly assault, but no signs of problems.
Greenhalgh, who had used cocaine before to entering the club and was seated in a booth, abruptly rose, clapped his hands, and hit both Mr Smethurst and his cousin.
Mr. Bates was able to stop his fall, although he had a concussion as a result. He has no recollection of the assault. Mr Smethurst, on the other hand, received instant head injuries and died an hour later.
Even Greenhalgh’s companion was taken aback by what transpired, calling it “completely unexpected.”
‘It is unsurprising that no one, including the door staff, interfered, given the horror you produced within that club,’ the judge said.
Mr. Smethurst died one hour after the indiscriminate assault (Picture: MEN Media)
Greenhalgh had no prior convictions, but a police questioning of his phone indicated a ‘predilection’ for violence.
He boasted of ‘knocking out’ three individuals on one occasion as a former debt collector.
Prosecutor Rob Hall claimed he defined himself as “the toughest c*** in the Northwest” and spoke of hitting someone while wearing a knuckleduster.
The court ruled the phone communications were essential in classifying him a “dangerous criminal” notwithstanding the fact that police were unable to locate victims.
Greenhalgh also boasted about his cocaine usage and spoke about utilizing steroids to bulk up while visiting the gym on a daily basis.
Greenhalgh was sentenced to more than 11 years in prison (Picture: MEN Media)
He stated in chats that he had consumed £50,000 worth of the class A narcotic in six months. His relationship had ended, and he was forced to live in motels and with friends.
Family and friends attempted to urge him to stop doing drugs, and his mother sent him a telegram in which she pleaded with him to stop.
‘Owen, you should be ashamed of yourself,’ she replied. If you believe this is going to end good, you’re delusory. The only way for this to cease is for you to die.
‘You’ve gotten so far gone that you don’t even know what’s good and bad anymore, and for the record, only fools, not lovely people, do what you’re doing.’ You lie, deceive, and use force to get control, but if you don’t stop, you’ll die. I’m afraid I’m done with you. It’s OK, but you need assistance.’
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‘She was mistaken about one thing alone,’ Judge Cross remarked of the message. It would be the killing of a completely innocent guy, not yours.’
Mr Smethurst received moving tributes in court, with his 13-year-old daughter describing him as “warm-hearted,” “caring,” and “fun.”
Fishing and spending time with his family were two of his favorite pastimes. She stated he and his wife fantasized of retiring early in France. His parents spoke about how proud they were of their ‘wonderful’ kid.
Greenhalgh, who has no permanent residence, is sorry and embarrassed of his actions, according to his lawyer, Michael Brady QC.
Greenhalgh’s comments concerning his drug usage and apparent aggression were termed by him as “unpleasant bragging.”
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