Video: Sentence review for man who killed a stranger with a single punch
Family had expressed outrage over four-and-a-half year jail term for Lewis Gill
Published 27/02/2014 | 08:10
THE BRITISH Attorney General is to review the four-and-a-half-year sentence given to a man who killed a pedestrian with a single punch over a dispute about cycling on the pavement.
Dominic Grieve is considering whether to refer the jail term handed to Lewis Gill, 20, for killing 40-year-old Andrew Young to the Court of Appeal for being unduly lenient, his office confirmed today.
Gill, from Sutton, Surrey, was jailed for four-and-a-half years by Salisbury Crown Court on Friday.
Legal experts said he could be free within two.
Mr Young, who suffered from Asperger syndrome, was knocked to the ground in the attack and suffered a fatal blow to the head.
His mother Pamela, 71, had earlier condemned the verdict as a "joke".
"I saw the CCTV footage in court and you can see that Andrew didn't cause Lewis Gill any harm," she told Bournemouth News and Picture Service press agency.
"I sat with him when he died. I wish that awful man who took my son away had pleaded not guilty so he would have got a longer sentence.
"The sentence is an absolute joke. I'm a committed Christian but I think that if someone takes a life they should be prepared to forfeit their own.
"There have been many people who have committed manslaughter or murder in this country and they never even serve a full sentence."
On Wednesday the Attorney General's Office tweeted that it had received a number of requests to review the sentence.
"Have received a number of requests to review the manslaughter sentence of Lewis Gill. Only takes one request and process now started," it said.
Dominic Grieve has until 21 March to decide whether to refer the sentence to the Court of Appeal.
A statement made by Mr Young’s family said they were pleased the sentence was being looked at again.
"When we first heard that Gill was given a four year sentence we thought it was too short and expected him to get more than that. It's ridiculous,” it said.
"He (Gill) didn't mean to kill him so a life sentence would have been extreme but he deserves more than what he was given.
"Looking at his criminal record he is obviously a trouble maker and we were hoping he would get about seven or eight years.
"A sentence so short might mean that he could do something else dangerous in the future.
"We are pleased that the Attorney General is reviewing the sentence as people like that never really seem to learn."
Released CCTV footage shows the attack, which took place outside the Tesco Metro store on Charminster Road, Bournemouth, at 4.25pm on 6 November last year.
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