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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

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‘Still no justice for our gentle giant David’ Barrow fathers son was killed trying to break up fight

THE father of a “gentle giant” killed as he tried to break up a fight fought back tears as he described how he and his family are still trying to come to terms with the loss.

David Morgan, 28, died a year ago today and his five-year-old daughter Olivia still regularly looks up at the sky and asks to go to visit “daddy’s garden” – the cemetery.

The family are also still desperate for answers about what really happened that night and believe there may still be witnesses who haven’t come forward.

At their home in Witham Walk, Walney, they are still finding it hard to come to terms with the loss of “our David” who went to Ulverston Victoria High School.

David Morgan snr, 71, added that he and his 69-year-old wife Mary had been finding it increasingly hard as today’s anniversary drew closer.

His voice breaking with emotion, Mr Morgan said: “We just still want to know what happened when our son was unlawfully killed.

“He was subjected to a sustained beating. On that night there were two couples there and David but someone else must have seen what happened. We still haven’t had justice for what happened. All of us are still completely devastated and his daughter on Father’s Day made her dad a wreath and took it up to the cemetery.

“It’s been hard work coping with this and especially the last three or four weeks. I have been waking up at 5.15am, which is the time we were called with the news. It has just got harder and harder the closer today has got.

“Three years for taking a man’s life is just daft when you see the sentences that are handed out for other crimes.

“Olivia was crying up until 11pm the other night after we had spoken about him. She misses her dad.

“She will look up into the sky and two or three times a week and ask if she can go to daddy’s garden at the cemetery.

“Whatever happens she will never forget him. We have a memory box with photographs and things for her to keep.

“The experts all say that grief will last as long as it takes to live with it.

“You may eventually learn to live with it but you can never forget.”

Mr Morgan was killed after he tried to stop a fight in Church Street, 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.

Last December Stephen Falle, 33, of Ramsden Street, Barrow, was jailed for three years for manslaughter.

Craig Mansell, 29, of Mill Lane, Walney, was sentenced to one year in jail for affray and was back in Barrow before Christmas.

A third defendant, care assistant Chloe Baynes, 28, of Mill Lane, Walney, admitted perverting the course of justice and was given a four-month jail sentence, suspended for a year.

Falle and Mansell had originally been charged with murder but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter, while Mansell admitted affray in relation to the incident.

Last December the Evening Mail launched a campaign to get Falle’s sentence increased, which was backed by Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock.

More than 400 locals signed up to a petition but Attorney General Dominic Grieve said that the sentence given to the killer wasn’t lenient.

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