300 complaints to Attorney General over sentence of one-punch killer Lewis Gill as mum defends son

300 complaints to Attorney General over sentence of one-punch killer Lewis Gill as mum defends son

VICTIM: Andrew Young

ATTACKER: Lewis Gill

THE INCIDENT: CCTV captured the attack on a busy Charminster Street

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THE four-year sentence handed to one-punch killer Lewis Gill sparked around 300 referrals to the Attorney General, it has been confirmed.

Attorney General Dominic Grieve has already confirmed he has started the process of reviewing the sentence handed to Gill, who killed Andrew Young with a single punch on a busy Charminster street.

And his staff have reiterated the fact that only one complaint was needed to kickstart the review process and there is no need for anyone else to contact them.

Gill, 20, lashed out at Asperger’s sufferer Andrew in November last year after the 40-year-old made a racist remark to an acquaintance.

After pleading guilty to manslaughter, he was sentenced to four-and-a-half years behind bars at Salisbury Crown Court last Friday.

The sentence was criticised as “a joke” by Mr Young’s family, while MP Tobias Ellwood and Justice Secretary Chris Grayling also expressed concerns.

Victims’ Commissioner Baroness Newlove also expressed her sympathy with Mr Young’s family and friends and said: “I’m appalled by this disgraceful act of violence.”

However, Gill’s mother Sherron O’Hagan has defended her son in a Daily Mail article.

Speaking from her home in Sutton, South London, she said: “It was just an accident. It’s not a big deal. This will all be forgotten tomorrow.

“He’s my son, what do you want me to say? He didn’t mean to kill him and that’s that.

“This story will be the lining of chips tomorrow. I just don’t understand what all the fuss is about.”

Mr Grieve has until March 21 to decide whether he thinks the sentence was unduly lenient. If he does, the case will go to the Court of Appeal where three senior judges will review it.

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8:28am Fri 28 Feb 14

nobbythesheep says...

Wow, now we know where he gets his lack of any respect from. What heartless things to say. How can killing someone, accidental or otherwise not be a big deal?
Wow, now we know where he gets his lack of any respect from. What heartless things to say. How can killing someone, accidental or otherwise not be a big deal? nobbythesheep
  • Score: 11

8:59am Fri 28 Feb 14

Rally says...

Quote: 'Gill, 20, lashed out at Asperger’s sufferer Andrew in November last year after the 40-year-old made a racist remark to an acquaintance.'
ALLEGEDLY, Ms Vass, ALLEGEDLY.
I suggest that you owe Andrew's family an apology.
Quote: 'Gill, 20, lashed out at Asperger’s sufferer Andrew in November last year after the 40-year-old made a racist remark to an acquaintance.' ALLEGEDLY, Ms Vass, ALLEGEDLY. I suggest that you owe Andrew's family an apology. Rally
  • Score: 12

9:08am Fri 28 Feb 14

richardcompton3 says...

“It was just an accident. It’s not a big deal. This will all be forgotten tomorrow".

It will never be forgotten by Andrew Young's family nor those who witnessed it. How can a single punch to a person be described as and accident? Gill is a thug and should be locked away for far longer then 4 years.
“It was just an accident. It’s not a big deal. This will all be forgotten tomorrow". It will never be forgotten by Andrew Young's family nor those who witnessed it. How can a single punch to a person be described as and accident? Gill is a thug and should be locked away for far longer then 4 years. richardcompton3
  • Score: 9

9:19am Fri 28 Feb 14

dennisterrey says...

nobbythesheep wrote:
Wow, now we know where he gets his lack of any respect from. What heartless things to say. How can killing someone, accidental or otherwise not be a big deal?
I think this is the problem with a lot these thugs nowadays. They don't have a responsible and caring role model. They get left to fend for themselves and run on the street because their parents don't care what they get up to or are too lazy to be bothered. It's sad and only going to get worse.
[quote][p][bold]nobbythesheep[/bold] wrote: Wow, now we know where he gets his lack of any respect from. What heartless things to say. How can killing someone, accidental or otherwise not be a big deal?[/p][/quote]I think this is the problem with a lot these thugs nowadays. They don't have a responsible and caring role model. They get left to fend for themselves and run on the street because their parents don't care what they get up to or are too lazy to be bothered. It's sad and only going to get worse. dennisterrey
  • Score: 10

9:19am Fri 28 Feb 14

paul.p says...

What that mother said is about right for London where no one gives a fig for anyone's life especially her.... d@mn breeders
What that mother said is about right for London where no one gives a fig for anyone's life especially her.... d@mn breeders paul.p
  • Score: 4

2:08pm Fri 28 Feb 14

chiefwolf2 says...

so she wouldn't mind if someone killed her son then? After all it would all be forgotten about in a few days wouldnt it.... what a thick, mindless, worthless piece of scum.. YOUR SON PUNCHED A MAN AND YOUR SON IS A MURDERER. A DANGER TO THE PUBLIC. SHOULD HAVE GOT MORE YEARS.....
so she wouldn't mind if someone killed her son then? After all it would all be forgotten about in a few days wouldnt it.... what a thick, mindless, worthless piece of scum.. YOUR SON PUNCHED A MAN AND YOUR SON IS A MURDERER. A DANGER TO THE PUBLIC. SHOULD HAVE GOT MORE YEARS..... chiefwolf2
  • Score: 3

5:16pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Mattguna says...

Appalling. I read BBC news today and a man in London was given 4 1/2 years for theft and this scumbag gets 4 years for eliminating a life!! There have been so many well publicised deaths caused by single punches and when he chose to not just punch, but deliver his best shot at this obviously non threatening person he will have been aware that the outcome would be the victim being knocked off his feet, probably unconscious and definitely crashing his head on the road. It's clear that this will be represent a significant risk to life. I would imagine that the vast majority of people would agree that Lewis Gill should be sentenced to a minimum of 10 years. Hopefully someone in prison will deliver their best shot and Lewis will suffer a similar fate. Despicable and disgusting person he is, he deserves the most severe of punishment.
Appalling. I read BBC news today and a man in London was given 4 1/2 years for theft and this scumbag gets 4 years for eliminating a life!! There have been so many well publicised deaths caused by single punches and when he chose to not just punch, but deliver his best shot at this obviously non threatening person he will have been aware that the outcome would be the victim being knocked off his feet, probably unconscious and definitely crashing his head on the road. It's clear that this will be represent a significant risk to life. I would imagine that the vast majority of people would agree that Lewis Gill should be sentenced to a minimum of 10 years. Hopefully someone in prison will deliver their best shot and Lewis will suffer a similar fate. Despicable and disgusting person he is, he deserves the most severe of punishment. Mattguna
  • Score: 1

5:24pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Mattguna says...

I dislike saying it but I truly hope that his mother Sherran O'Hagan has to deal with her son being the victim if a similar assault and see if it feels like a no big deal accident that she forgets in a few days. Although I imagine judging from her statement that she is a heartless vile specimen of humanity and is a large part of the reason why her son is such a lowlife scumbag. A nasty product of a nstt mother. They both deserve to suffer for their joint responsibility. I just feel so awful for Andrew's family, their suffering is permanent where I imagine Sherran Scumbag will have forgotten about by next week, as she will likely forget about her son.
I dislike saying it but I truly hope that his mother Sherran O'Hagan has to deal with her son being the victim if a similar assault and see if it feels like a no big deal accident that she forgets in a few days. Although I imagine judging from her statement that she is a heartless vile specimen of humanity and is a large part of the reason why her son is such a lowlife scumbag. A nasty product of a nstt mother. They both deserve to suffer for their joint responsibility. I just feel so awful for Andrew's family, their suffering is permanent where I imagine Sherran Scumbag will have forgotten about by next week, as she will likely forget about her son. Mattguna
  • Score: 2

7:38pm Fri 28 Feb 14

antiquebuyer321 says...

Pure SCUM. Gave a sucker punch to a man with the mental age of a 14 year old. I hope someone ends his life in prison, so that his mother can see what it feels like.She probably wouldn't care anyway , as she is probably too busy jacking up.
Scumbags.
Pure SCUM. Gave a sucker punch to a man with the mental age of a 14 year old. I hope someone ends his life in prison, so that his mother can see what it feels like.She probably wouldn't care anyway , as she is probably too busy jacking up. Scumbags. antiquebuyer321
  • Score: 0

8:54pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Hobad1 says...

After hearing the complete S h ! t e dished out by Gill’s mother Sherron O’Hagan, make that 301 complaints. To save this country and the innocent in this country, we should put to sleep all these scumbags at birth, otherwise they'll only breed. The good always die young.
After hearing the complete S h ! t e dished out by Gill’s mother Sherron O’Hagan, make that 301 complaints. To save this country and the innocent in this country, we should put to sleep all these scumbags at birth, otherwise they'll only breed. The good always die young. Hobad1
  • Score: 0

9:18pm Fri 28 Feb 14

signit2 says...

I've made a documentary - One Punch Homicide - to reduce punching incidents. This younger generation has seen more violence, thanks to video games, than any previous younger generations. In 1998 the American Psychiatric Association said by the time Americans reached the age of 18 they had seen, on average, 200,000 acts of violence on screen. Stats for UK youth are probably similar. Aren't we cheating today's young by allowing them to watch so much violence without teaching them one punch can kill before they start legally drinking?
I've made a documentary - One Punch Homicide - to reduce punching incidents. This younger generation has seen more violence, thanks to video games, than any previous younger generations. In 1998 the American Psychiatric Association said by the time Americans reached the age of 18 they had seen, on average, 200,000 acts of violence on screen. Stats for UK youth are probably similar. Aren't we cheating today's young by allowing them to watch so much violence without teaching them one punch can kill before they start legally drinking? signit2
  • Score: 1

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