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Barrow killer ‘in pieces’ at death of his victim

THE Barrow man jailed for the manslaughter of a have-a-go hero is “in absolute pieces”, his family has said.

‘not coping’ Stephen Falle

Stephen Falle appeared in court for trial last week and faced a charge of murder following the death of David Morgan in a street fight earlier this year. But at the last minute, he made a guilty plea to a charge of manslaughter and was jailed for three years.

The sentence has led to widespread anger, with calls for it to be reviewed now lodged with the attorney general, Dominic Grieve. But the family of Falle say he is unfairly being branded a “cold-blooded murderer” by some sections of the public.

While Falle’s family accept he was wrong to throw the fateful punch on the evening of the attack, they say the outpouring of abuse he and the family have suffered since has been hard to handle.

A family spokesman said: “People in Barrow are naming him as a murderer and there’s a lot of slander against him. These people don’t know Stephen. He’s admitted to punching Dave Morgan. Somebody has kicked him when he’s down and Stephen is getting the blame for that as well and he did not do that.

“He took the manslaughter charge because that’s what he was told to do; that’s what was offered to him. In court on the Monday, they told him that they couldn’t identify if it was Stephen’s punch that caused the death of Dave, or if it was the kicks.

“We can understand the family (of David Morgan) being upset, but we don’t want Stephen to be made out as a cold-blooded murderer when he’s not. He didn’t mean to do what he did, it was an accident and he’s in absolute pieces because of this. It wasn’t meant to happen.

“We feel greatly and deeply sorry for what happened, but he didn’t mean to go out and cause serious harm to anyone. We feel absolutely distraught. We have to sit listening to all this; people saying Stephen is scum. But Stephen is a very nice person and he would do anything for anybody.

“I accept what he has got is fair for his part in it. I know other people won’t think it is adequate, but for me, knowing him, I think that is OK. He’s on depression pills because he’s really not coping.”

At Preston Crown Court last week, Recorder Mr Justice Turner told Falle there was “no justification” for his actions. Mr Morgan, a father-of-one died on June 19 after suffering three skull fractures and blood trauma to the head in the Church Street/Mount Pleasant area of Barrow on June 18.

He had been trying to break up a fight. Falle, 32, of Ramsden Street, Barrow, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and Craig Mansell, 28, of Mill Lane, Walney, admitted affray.

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Distraught, upset, you have no idea this lad has lost his life, his family will be devasted, they will never get over their tragic loss. They didn't just hit him once they continued to kick him when he was down and could not do anything to defend himself. I am not a medical person but it would seem the 3 skull fractures were not caused by one blow. These 3 people involved 2 who viciously attacked him and a third who tried to cover for them. Why try to hide what they done, a new trial for murder is the only way to get justice. With the original charge of murder not manslaughter, other people get life sentences for manslaughter so why did this Judge only hand down 3 years, he should be struck off

Posted by Make the punishment fit the crime on 10 December 2013 at 20:29

they both didnt get enought . they both hit kicked him and he never woke up from it. poor olivia has to go without her dad all because the wanted to fight. poor daves mum and dad i feel so sorry for as its saying that these two can take a mans life and get only 3 yrs and the other one should have got more too its not enought that they got that they should both get at least 18 to life in prison not fair

Posted by lindsey on 8 December 2013 at 21:40

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