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Sentence appeal heartbreak for relatives of Barrow man killed in attack

THE family of a Barrow man who died after being attacked when breaking up a fight have hit out after calls to re-sentence their son’s killer were rejected.

David Morgan died aged 28 after trying to stop a fight in the Church Street area of Barrow on June 19.

The Evening Mail, backed by Mr Morgan’s parents David senior and Mary Morgan, and more than 400 readers, called for a review of the sentence of Stephen Falle, 32, of Ramsden Street, Barrow, who was jailed three years for manslaughter.

Mr and Mrs Morgan had been on a break in Scotland when they returned home this week and learned the appeal had been unsuccessful.

Speaking to the Evening Mail Mr Morgan said: “One of my daughters summed it up best when she said it seems as though every time we are walking down the passage someone slams a door in our face.

“It was David’s birthday on October 3 which was hard but we all said when we see them (Falle and Mansell) punished we can start to heal but we don’t feel like justice was done.”

The family received the news just days after hearing Craig Mansell, of Mill Lane, Walney, who was sentenced to one-year in jail for affray, was back in Barrow after being released.

Mr Morgan said he Mansell’s release was an “insult”.

He added: “I worked as a volunteer in Furness Magistrates’ Court for three years and I always believed in the justice system, now I think it is one of the biggest jokes in the world.”

Mr Morgan said he and the family would like to thank the hundreds of people who backed the campaign and said the family will continue to call for a tougher sentence.

The Attorney General’s office said it did not believe the attack was serious enough for Falle to receive a longer sentence.

Oliver Heald, solicitor general QC, said: “This was a tragic case and my deepest sympathies are with David Morgan’s parents, his family and friends. Cases such as this show how acts of street violence can have terrible consequences.

“However, given the high threshold that needs to be crossed before the Court of Appeal will increase a sentence I did not think that they would do so in this case.”

Have your say

The outcome of this inquest makes me feel physically sick...and to think one of the parasites is already out makes it even worse. I hope they get some justice dealt to them 'all'....the judge wants reprimanding too (idiot)!

Posted by Martin Bland on 1 January 2014 at 20:40

So you get a higher sentence for stealing something oppose to murdering a person with your fists and feet great justice system in our coumtry!!! These people are sick and one day i hope they lock them away for a petty crime and throw the key away if thats the only way these idiots can remain behind bars!!!

Posted by ann marie on 30 December 2013 at 15:51

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