Lewis Gill's four year sentence for manslaughter after killing Andrew Young with single punch to be reviewed by Court of Appeal

Bournemouth Echo: Sentence of one-punch killer Lewis Gill referred to Court of Appeal Sentence of one-punch killer Lewis Gill referred to Court of Appeal

THE four-year sentence of one-punch killer Lewis Gill has been referred to the Court of Appeal - after the case was highlighted by the Daily Echo.

Gill, 20, who was jailed for four years for the manslaughter of Andrew Young, will have his sentence reviewed by the Court of Appeal after around 300 complaints were made to Attorney General Dominic Grieve, asking him to examine the jail term.

Andrew's mother, Pamela, who branded the original sentence “a joke”, said she was “relieved” by the Attorney General's decision.

“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 said.

Warning: this CCTV footage contains graphic scenes of a violent incident

A spokesperson for the Attorney General's office 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 or not the sentence is unduly lenient and whether they should increase the sentence.”

Bournemouth East MP, Tobias Ellwood, who expressed concerns at the time, described the decision as “very positive”.

“It is quite right that this should be reviewed and I am very pleased that common sense has prevailed”, he said.

Gill pleaded guilty to manslaughter on January 24 and was sentenced to 4 years' imprisonment for the offence on February 21.

He lashed out at Asperger's sufferer Andrew Young in November last year after the 40-year-old made a racist remark to an acquaintance.

Mr Young had exchanged words with Victor Ibitoye, who had been riding a pedal cycle on the pavement in Charminster Road, before he said: “Why don't you go back to the jungle?”

Overhearing, Gill swung a punch at the victim, who collapsed onto the road behind him.

He died the following day, November 7, at Southampton General Hospital following an operation.

Mr Young is the fourth person to die in Bournemouth in just 13 years from a single blow, with the killers responsible for each death sentenced to four years or less for the offence.

Campaign

The Daily Echo's 'Killer punch' front page sparked widespread national and international media coverage.

Highlighting the campaign, One Punch Can Kill, the story was picked up by national newspapers as well as television and radio programmes, leading to calls for Gill's sentence to be investigated.

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling called it a “repugnant crime” while 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.”

Two days after our story broke, the Attorney General vowed to review the sentence following a barrage of complaints.

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1:19pm Thu 20 Mar 14

iseestupidpeople says...

Good, so now how about that scumbag who hit Jade and drove off and left her to die? Will his ridiculous sentence, handed out by the criminals best friend Judge Wiggs, get reviewed too?
Good, so now how about that scumbag who hit Jade and drove off and left her to die? Will his ridiculous sentence, handed out by the criminals best friend Judge Wiggs, get reviewed too? iseestupidpeople
  • Score: 31

1:41pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Bournemouth87 says...

This is good news, however I feel re-showing the CCTV is irrelevent.
This is good news, however I feel re-showing the CCTV is irrelevent. Bournemouth87
  • Score: 21

2:31pm Thu 20 Mar 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Just watched the video .attacked without warning then strutted away .Obviously not the first time he as done this .A very well practised thug.give him life And the legal system some credibility .It may go some way to giving those close to him closure
Just watched the video .attacked without warning then strutted away .Obviously not the first time he as done this .A very well practised thug.give him life And the legal system some credibility .It may go some way to giving those close to him closure kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 27

2:55pm Thu 20 Mar 14

SimonJB says...

Bet he thought when he played the Race card and the judge fell for it "I've got away lightly for "Killing" someone". Well let's hope that the three judges see through his Bull and give this Thug the sentence he deserves!!
Bet he thought when he played the Race card and the judge fell for it "I've got away lightly for "Killing" someone". Well let's hope that the three judges see through his Bull and give this Thug the sentence he deserves!! SimonJB
  • Score: 30

3:05pm Thu 20 Mar 14

coops1965cherry says...

Let's just hope that the judge this time looks at it for what it really is and he gets a much longer sentence.

This thug and bully knew exactly what he was doing so I hope he rots in jail.

regards,
Let's just hope that the judge this time looks at it for what it really is and he gets a much longer sentence. This thug and bully knew exactly what he was doing so I hope he rots in jail. regards, coops1965cherry
  • Score: 24

3:39pm Thu 20 Mar 14

lisa401 says...

He's one ugly looking pig. I hope he gets about 10 years.
He's one ugly looking pig. I hope he gets about 10 years. lisa401
  • Score: 25

4:50pm Thu 20 Mar 14

curryandstella says...

The cctv made me feel sick and angry. Gill the piece of s*** thinks he's such a hard man hitting a man who was harmless. I think there would be quite a queue to have a go at him.I hope he dies in prison, Gill is simply scum.
The cctv made me feel sick and angry. Gill the piece of s*** thinks he's such a hard man hitting a man who was harmless. I think there would be quite a queue to have a go at him.I hope he dies in prison, Gill is simply scum. curryandstella
  • Score: 20

5:25pm Thu 20 Mar 14

HRH of Boscombe says...

iseestupidpeople wrote:
Good, so now how about that scumbag who hit Jade and drove off and left her to die? Will his ridiculous sentence, handed out by the criminals best friend Judge Wiggs, get reviewed too?
All of Wiggs sentences should reviewed.
.
He is a danger to the public
[quote][p][bold]iseestupidpeople[/bold] wrote: Good, so now how about that scumbag who hit Jade and drove off and left her to die? Will his ridiculous sentence, handed out by the criminals best friend Judge Wiggs, get reviewed too?[/p][/quote]All of Wiggs sentences should reviewed. . He is a danger to the public HRH of Boscombe
  • Score: -7

5:26pm Thu 20 Mar 14

afcb-mark says...

A lot of these comments seem extremely harsh...and I agree with everyone of them. Give the ugly pig life.
A lot of these comments seem extremely harsh...and I agree with everyone of them. Give the ugly pig life. afcb-mark
  • Score: 20

5:28pm Thu 20 Mar 14

abc100 says...

One punch killer, the echo make him sound like a boxer from a Rocky film, show some respect at Echo towers
One punch killer, the echo make him sound like a boxer from a Rocky film, show some respect at Echo towers abc100
  • Score: -5

10:41pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Yankee1 says...

Had he done this where I live, he would be on death row right now.

Funny how they find 'religion' on death row.
Had he done this where I live, he would be on death row right now. Funny how they find 'religion' on death row. Yankee1
  • Score: 2

11:45pm Thu 20 Mar 14

uau242 says...

“Why don't you go back to the jungle?” - clever..
“Why don't you go back to the jungle?” - clever.. uau242
  • Score: -3

11:46pm Thu 20 Mar 14

uau242 says...

uau242 wrote:
“Why don't you go back to the jungle?” - clever..
Not!
[quote][p][bold]uau242[/bold] wrote: “Why don't you go back to the jungle?” - clever..[/p][/quote]Not! uau242
  • Score: 0

1:02am Fri 21 Mar 14

RM says...

iseestupidpeople wrote:
Good, so now how about that scumbag who hit Jade and drove off and left her to die? Will his ridiculous sentence, handed out by the criminals best friend Judge Wiggs, get reviewed too?
Probably not alas but at least when he appealed against his sentence his appeal was refused.
[quote][p][bold]iseestupidpeople[/bold] wrote: Good, so now how about that scumbag who hit Jade and drove off and left her to die? Will his ridiculous sentence, handed out by the criminals best friend Judge Wiggs, get reviewed too?[/p][/quote]Probably not alas but at least when he appealed against his sentence his appeal was refused. RM
  • Score: 3

12:38pm Sat 22 Mar 14

live-and-let-live says...

he should have been charged with murder. a deliberate attack causing death cannot be anything else
he should have been charged with murder. a deliberate attack causing death cannot be anything else live-and-let-live
  • Score: 6

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