A MYTCHETT man was given a two-year community rehabilitation order at the Old Bailey last Friday after pleading to guilty manslaughter.

Colin Bland, of Mytchett Road, was originally charged with murdering 36-year-old Roy Ayling, who had lived in Camberley all his life.

Bland subsequently admitted manslaughter when he appeared at the Central Criminal Court.

The case followed a fracas outside JW's nightclub in Camberley town centre in November last year.

Mr Ayling, a concrete finisher, saw that 27-year-old Bland, who he knew, was involved and went to intervene.

He received a punch to the head and fell to the ground. He later died in Frimley Park Hospital from serious head injuries.

Fourteen Surrey police officers, including specially trained family liaison officers, were involved in the case. Detective Inspector Simon Humphreys, who headed the investigation, said that a tragic set of circumstances had led to Mr Ayling's death.

"His family are still finding it difficult to cope," he added.

"Hopefully this will help them close the matter and move on."

A Surrey police spokeswoman said on Monday that Mr Ayling's family would not be commenting on the sentence.