'One-punch killer' jail sentence to be reviewed

The four-and-a-half-year sentence handed to Lewis Gill, who killed Asperger's sufferer Andrew Young with a single punch in Bournemouth earlier this year, is to be referred to the Court of Appeal for being unduly lenient.

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One-punch victim's mother 'relieved' by decision

The mother of Andrew Young, who was killed by Lewis Gill earlier this year, said she is "relieved" by a decision today to refer Gill's four-and-a-half-year sentence to the Court of Appeal for being unduly lenient.

Pamela Young, pictured in an interview with ITV News Central in February. Credit: ITV News Central

“I am hoping that the sentence will be extended so that somebody will have a chance to get through to him [Gill], appeal to his heart and mind, and show him the error of his ways”, she told the Dorset Echo.

One punch killer's sentence to go before appeal judges

A spokeswoman for the Attorney General's Office said the sentence will be referred to the Court of Appeal, where three judges will decide whether or not the sentence is unduly lenient.

She said:

Having carefully reviewed this case, the Attorney General, Dominic Grieve QC MP, has decided to refer the sentence of Lewis Gill to the Court of Appeal for review.

The case will in due course be heard by three Court of Appeal judges who will decide whether they should increase the sentence.

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Victim's mother branded 4-year sentence 'a joke'

Andrew Young, 40, died after being struck in the unprovoked attack by Lewis Gill, 20, in Bournemouth, Dorset, on November 6 last year.

A chilling video of the assault was released by police.

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

Andrew's mother spoke of her outrage after Gill was given a four-and-a-half-year jail sentence for the punch that killed her son.

“I saw the CCTV footage in court and you can see that Andrew didn’t cause Lewis Gill any harm," said Pamela Young, 71. "The sentence is an absolute joke."

One punch killer's sentence could be 'unduly lenient'

Lewis Gill, who killed Asperger's sufferer Andrew Young with a single punch in Bournemouth earlier this year, is to see his four-and-a-half-year jail sentence for manslaughter referred to the Court of Appeal for being unduly lenient, the Attorney General's Office said today.

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