A man killed his friend in the back of a cab because he had poked his girlfriend on Facebook.

Richard Rovetto was killed because he "poked" a friend's girlfriend on Facebook

Richard Rovetto was killed because he “poked” a friend’s girlfriend on Facebook

On the way back from a stag party, Scott Humphrey and Richard Rovetto had an argument because Rovetto had send Humphrey’s girlfriend a poke on Facebook. Virtually poking someone on Facebook is often seen as flirtatious, and as the two friends’ taxi came to a halt in Top Valley in Nottingham, the argument exploded.

27 year-old Humphrey asked his friend: “If you’re such a good friend why did you poke my missus?” and then, in a rage, Humphrey repeatedly punched his friend. As blood streamed from Richard Rovetto’s nose, Humphrey struck his friend to the ground, where Rovetto sustained the fatal blow.

Rovetto died because his head struck the pavement with such force he was fatally injured and the father-of-one died in hospital just hours later.

After the incident Scott Humphrey fled the scene but later handed himself in to police. He admitted manslaughter and was jailed at Nottingham Crown Court for four years and four months. During sentencing, Judge Gregory Dickinson QC told Humphrey: “When you and him went out that evening, violence and death were the furthest things from your mind. You didn’t intend to kill him. Part of the tragedy is that it’s left to chance what happens. There will be a fight like this somewhere tonight and the person will get up and go home and the police will never hear about it.”

The family were not happy with the sentence. Mr Rovetto’s brother-in-law, Jason Burley-Evans, said: “This was a waste of a life. We feel the sentence wasn’t the justice we wanted for Richard. He was a much-loved person and it will be hard for us all to move on.”