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Shadow minister backs calls for review of sentence for Barrow man's killer

A SHADOW justice minister has backed a campaign calling on the Attorney General to review the sentence of a Barrow man’s killer.

“Gentle giant” David Morgan, 28, was a loving father-of-one and much cherished son who died after he tried to stop a fight. The good Samaritan was then targeted in an unprovoked and violent attack in which he was punched once to the head and then kicked and stamped on as he lay on the ground in Church Street, Barrow, in June.

Mr Morgan’s family, the Evening Mail, and Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock, are urging the Attorney General, the Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC, to review the three-year term given to Stephen Falle.

Falle, 32, of Ramsden Street, Barrow, pleaded guilty to Mr Morgan’s manslaughter when he appeared at Preston Crown Court last week. Falle had originally been charged with murder but at court pleaded guilty to the lesser charge.

Mr Morgan’s distraught family have been left reeling by the leniency of punishment.

More than 250 people have but their names to a petition backing the calls for a review of the jail term. The bid also won support from Stephen Twigg MP, a shadow justice minister working on constitutional reform.

The Labour MP for Liverpool West Derby sits on the shadow justice team with shadow justice secretary, Sadiq Khan.

Mr Twigg was in Barrow on Friday as a guest of Mr Woodcock, and told the Evening Mail: “I support this campaign and will draw this to Sidiq Khan’s attention and will raise this with the justice team.

“You are asking for the Attorney General to review the three-year term and I am very happy to give my full support to that. I think it is very disturbing for the victim’s family when the sentence is just three years and it makes complete sense for that to be reviewed by the Attorney General.

“It is a heartbreaking case and I think it is very important that the public as a whole, but victim’s and their families in particular, should have faith in the judicial system and when you have very lenient sentences it undermines public faith in the system.

“One of my colleagues, Dan Jarvis, is leading on what more can be done to give more rights to victims, this is about sentencing, but there is also a broader issue about victims and their families and how they don’t always get proper respect, support and help.”

In relation to Mr Morgan’s death, Craig Mansell, 28, admitted affray and was jailed for one year. Like Falle, Mansell was also originally charged with murder but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge.

Chloe Baynes, 27, 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. Both Mansell and Baynes are of Mill Lane, Walney.

l To show your support for the campaign copy this statement into an email and send it to news.em@cnmedia.co.uk subject marked ‘David Morgan’, 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.”

Have your say

something has to be done a beuatiful young man lost his life and the justice system got it wrong its an insult to his family and memory!!!!

Posted by dyan mansfield on 3 December 2013 at 07:29

We would like to add our voices to all others who are calling for the Attorney General to look again at the sentence handed down to the Barrow thugs who brutally murdered a young man in the town, in what was an unprovoked attack.
We have to send out a clear message - "Do this kind of thing and you will go down for a long time"!!! Our Judicial system needs to waken up.

Posted by Pat & George Appleton on 2 December 2013 at 22:17

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