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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

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Attorney general to examine sentence given to Barrow dad’s killer

THE attorney general has agreed to look at the sentence given to a Barrow man’s killer.

The Evening Mail called for the sentence review after Stephen Falle pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was given a three-year sentence for his part in the attack that led to the death of 28-year-old father-of-one, David Morgan.

The review call has been backed by Mr Morgan’s family and Barrow and Furness MP, John Woodcock.

Mr Woodcock has now had confirmation from the attorney general that he will be looking at the sentence imposed in the case.

The response came in answer to a parliamentary question posed by Mr Woodcock.

The Evening Mail has also been told by the attorney general’s office that law officers are looking at details of the case to decide whether or not to refer the sentence to the Court of Appeal as being unduly lenient.

Mr Woodcock said: “I am very pleased that the attorney general has agreed to review the unjustifiably short sentences, of just three and one year respectively, that were handed out to the individuals convicted in relation to the horrific death of David Morgan.

“The short sentences rightly led to outrage here in Furness and elsewhere – the possibility that those responsible for his death could be back on the streets within a matter of months was no-one’s idea of justice.

“I shall be pushing the attorney general to undertake the review as quickly as possible and I hope that it will lead to more appropriate sentences being imposed.”

Following Falle’s sentence Mr Morgan’s family described their devastation.

His dad, David Morgan senior, said: “We honestly and truthfully think that the sentences are a joke. You just can’t get your head around it. We had 28 years of our son’s love and that was wiped out in minutes when they destroyed a man’s life. I want the sentence increased.”

Falle, 32, of Ramsden Street, Barrow, was sentenced to three years in prison after admitting manslaughter.

Craig Mansell, 28, of Mill Lane, Walney, admitted affray in relation to the attack and was sentenced to one year’s imprisonment.

A third defendant, care assistant Chloe Baynes, 27, of Mill Lane, Walney, admitted perverting the course of justice and was given a four-month jail sentence, suspended for a year, as well as a 12-month community order and 240 hours’ unpaid community work.

Falle and Mansell had originally been charged with the murder of Mr Morgan.

But at court Falle pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter, while Mansell admitted affray in relation to the incident.

Mr Morgan was killed after he tried to stop a fight in the Church Street area of Barrow.

He was punched once and fell to the ground where he was kicked in the head and stamped on. He died on June 19 after suffering serious head injuries.

Have your say

Let them get at least 15 years each ..and chloe least 5 ..get more for theft ..mansell will be out for xmas and so is chloe ..but yet a little lad is missing his daddy some xmas he's going to have and his family .

Posted by Sue on 11 December 2013 at 06:59

lets hope this time they actually pay the price for davids death (life for life) respect his memory please !!!

Posted by dyan mansfield on 10 December 2013 at 05:08

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