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Review into 'single punch death' sentencing ordered

A review of the way criminals who kill with a single punch are sentenced has been ordered by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling.He stepped in after the Court of Appeal ruled a 4 year sentence for manslaughter given to a man who hit an Asperger's sufferer in an unprovoked attack was not unduly lenient.

Andrew Young, 40, died after being punched once by Lewis Gill in Bournemouth on November 6 last year. His sentence, imposed in February, was referred to the Appeal Court by Attorney General Dominic Grieve, who argued that it was not a proper reflection of the gravity of the offence.

But three judges in London decided there should not be any change to the four years being served by Gill.

Mr Grayling said that he had now asked the Sentencing Council to consider whether "further guidance" was needed for judges in handling such cases.

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Four year sentence stands for one-punch killer

Judges at the Court of Appeal have upheld a sentence given to Lewis Gill, who was found guilty of manslaughter after punching Andrew Young, 40, in an unprovoked attack.

Andrew Young sustained a serious head injury and later died at Southampton Hospital Credit: Police

Mr Young later died from a head injury which he suffered when he hit the ground.

Mr Gill, 20, was sentenced to four years in jail for the offence, a decision which provoked outrage.

Mr Young's mother, 71-year-old Pamela Young, called the sentence "an absolute joke".

The incident occurred on November 6 last year outside the Tesco Metro store on Charminster Road in Bournemouth.

Gill later pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced at Salisbury Crown Court.

Attorney General Dominic Grieve argued today that the sentence was not a proper reflection of the gravity of what Gill did.

But the Appeal Court judges decided there should not be any change to the four years being served by Mr Gill.


Death punch sentence to be reviewed

A four-year jail sentence given to a man who killed an Asperger's sufferer with a single punch in an unprovoked attack in Bournemouth is to be reviewed by leading judges today.

Andrew Young who was 40, died after being struck by Lewis Gill on November 6 last year.

Three Court of Appeal judges in London will decide on whether the four years for an offence of manslaughter, is "unduly lenient".

The sentence, imposed in February at Salisbury Crown Court, has been referred to the appeal court by Attorney General Dominic Grieve, who will be presenting the case.

The incident happened outside a Tesco Metro store in Charminster Road, Bournemouth. Mr Young suffered a serious head injury and later died in Southampton Hospital.

Mum of one punch victim hits out at killer's sentence

The mother of a man who died after being hit by a single punch has spoken to ITV Meridian about her son's death.

Lewis Gill admitted manslaughter and was jailed for four years after punching and killing Andrew Young, who had Asperger's syndrome.

Mr Young's mother Pamela says she was horrified when she saw CCTV of the incident which led to her son's death.

Attacker fells victim with a single blow

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CCTV has been released of the moment a 40-year-old man was knocked to the ground by a single blow - after he challenged a man about cycling on the pavement. Andrew Young, who had Asperger's syndrome, died in hospital the next day.

Lewis Gill, who is 20, pleaded to guilty manslaughter last week. He was jailed for four years. He struck Mr Young after seeing him talk to the cyclist in Charminster in Bournemouth on 6th November last year.

Mr Young's mother Pamela has described the sentence as an absolute joke. Lawyers for Gill said he wishes he could turn back the clock and not act in the way he had.