Barrow attack victim’s mother calls for review over manslaughter
Last updated at 17:05, Tuesday, 03 December 2013
A BARROW mother whose son died after he was punched in the head in a street attack has called for an urgent review of all manslaughter sentences.
Carol Crossman’s son, David was killed by a single punch in a street attack in Barrow Island in June 2010.
His killer, Lee Cooksey was sentenced to a five-year jail term for manslaughter.
Mrs Crossman said the recent case in which the killer of another Barrow man, David Morgan, only received three years for manslaughter has re-opened an old wound – and made her determined to speak out.
Mrs Crossman has backed calls for a judicial review of the sentence handed down to Stephen Falle, David Morgan’s killer, which is being supported by the North West Evening Mail and Barrow MP John Woodcock.
But she has also gone a step further and called for all manslaughter sentences to be reviewed.
She said: “My son’s killer got five years, we were told he’d serve two-and-a-half and come out on licence.
“I feel so sorry for [David Morgan’s] family but this is going on all the time. The whole system surrounding the manslaughter plea needs looking at.”
Now 72, Mrs Crossman said the pain of her son’s death still hangs over the family and time has done little to help heal the scars left by killing.
She added: “How long does this have to go on?
“I still cry every day – nobody thinks about our sentence, you’re given a life sentence of heartbreak.
“Killers have to pay for it because these sentences cause a lot of anger within the families of the victim.”
David Crossman left behind three sons and Mrs Crossman said the case of David Morgan has stirred up painful memories.
She added: “He has a young baby who will never know him.
“David had three sons.
“I don’t want to drag up everything with my David again but the whole system needs looking at – this is not justice.”
First published at 15:57, Tuesday, 03 December 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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Wonder how this kids parents feel about an article on the NWEM web-site by the killers family saying the poor lamb is in pieces and not coping? Sorry but I','m with Mr. Morgan's family on this, his killer should have got LIFE.