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Parents of Barrow father killed after trying to stop fight demand truth

THE parents of David Morgan, the Barrow father who died after trying to stop a fight, say they don’t wish his killer’s family any ill will, but simply want the truth.

David Morgan
David Morgan senior of Walney with a picture of his late son David.

David Morgan senior spoke out after the family of Stephen Falle, the man jailed for his death, said he “was in pieces” and was deeply sorry for what happened.

Mr Morgan said if Falle really wanted to clear his conscience he should tell them exactly what happened on that fateful night.

The 70-year-old said the Falle family’s apologies didn’t change the fact that his four-year-old daughter was facing a Christmas without her precious dad and they without their son.

He said he and his wife Mary, 68, of Witham Walk, Walney, had been overwhelmed by the support locally and they couldn’t thank everyone enough.

Mr Morgan senior said: “When we saw Falle’s family had spoken out on his behalf saying how upset he was it was very difficult for us. We in no way wish the family any harm and do not condone anyone being abusive to them. But at the end of the day their son is coming back and ours isn’t. Maybe Falle could help himself and clear his conscience by telling us the truth about what exactly happened that night.”

Mr Morgan, 28, 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.

The Evening Mail has called for the sentence to be reviewed after Falle pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was given a three-year sentence for his part in the attack that led to the death of Mr Morgan.

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

The attorney general Dominic Grieve is looking at the sentence imposed to decide whether or not to refer the sentence to the Court of Appeal as being unduly lenient.

Mr Morgan senior added: “We can’t thank everyone enough for their support and kind words. It means so much to us as a family but we still need as many people as possible to sign the petition to get 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.

  • To show your support for the campaign, please sign our petition by copying this statement into an email and sending it to us with your full name and address: “We support the calls by the family of David Morgan, backed by the Evening Mail and John Woodcock MP, for the attorney general to review the sentence imposed by the court case relating to his death.” Send your emails to news.em@cnmedia.co.uk subject marked “David Morgan”.
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I commented on this article and in the past 2 to 3 months i have commented on several items. Not one of the comments I have mAde have appeared.

Posted by June on 18 December 2013 at 23:22

It is beyond belief that any court could reduce a murder charge down to manslaughter then hand down a paltry sentence of 3 years. No one could start to begin to understand what a family are going through to loose their son in such a terrible way. It incredible that the parents of the man who committed this atrocious act could even think of trying to say he is " in peices" talk about adding insult to injury. The Morgan family do not have to justify anything, they are the victims. I hope that eventually justice will prevail and these 3 will get what they should have been given, long prison sentences. If not they will be back on our streets thinking they can attack anyone and get away with it.

Posted by Supporting justice on 16 December 2013 at 23:00

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