Attorney General considering referring Sutton thug Lewis Gill's death punch sentence to Court of Appeal

Lewis Gill punches Andrew Young in the head in Charminster Road

Mr Young, who had Asperger's Syndrome, is left lying in the road while Gill walks away

Victim Andrew Young

Lewis Gill, who pleaded guilty to a single charge of manslaughter

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A four-and-a-half-year jail sentence handed to a thug who killed a man with a single punch could be referred to the Court of Appeal.

Andrew Young, 40, died after being struck by 20-year-old Lewis Gill, of Ridge Road, Sutton, on November 6 last year, in a vicious assault caught on CCTV.

Sutton Guardian: Mr Young, who had Asperger's Syndrome, is left lying in the road while Gill walks away

The Attorney General's Office has confirmed it is considering whether to refer the sentence to the Court of Appeal for being unduly lenient after receiving complaints.

Only one complaint is required to trigger the process.

The Attorney General has until March 21 to decide whether to refer the sentence to the Court of Appeal.

CCTV images of the assault were shown to the sentencing judge at Salisbury Crown Court last Friday.


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

They show Asperger's sufferer Mr Young challenging cyclist Victor Ibitoye who was riding his bike on the pavement in Charminster Road, Bournemouth.

Sutton Guardian: Victim Andrew Young

Mr Ibitoye was walking next to Gill's ex-girlfriend, Wendy Cagua-Rodriguez, while the defendant walked behind.

He threw a single punch, connecting with Mr Young's temple, after hearing the victim say to Mr Ibitoye: "Why don't you go back to the jungle?"

Mr Young (pictured above) collapsed onto the road behind him and died the next day, November 7, at Southampton General Hospital.

Detective Inspector Marcus Hester, of Dorset Police's major crime team, said: " This was a violent attack on an innocent man, which had a tragic outcome.

''This case shows that violence does not resolve anything and can have far-reaching consequences not imagined at the time.

''The court has issued a sentence deemed appropriate and in accordance with the evidence put to them.

''Criminal behaviour such as this will not be tolerated and we are committed to bringing offenders to justice.''

Sutton Guardian: Man who killed Andrew Gill with a single punch sentenced to four years in prison

Gill (pictured above) was sentenced to four years for manslaughter, and two three-month prison terms for run consecutively for committing the offence while on a suspended sentence and for handling stolen goods.

Victims' Commissioner Baroness Newlove, whose husband Garry was killed by a gang vandalising his car, said: "I'm appalled by this disgraceful act of violence - my thoughts go out to the victim's family and friends at this time.

"It's entirely right that the sentence will be reviewed for this shocking crime.

"I know how traumatic it is to go through the courts as a victim - when you are already so hurt and vulnerable.

“That's why I urge everyone involved in this case to put victims first in the pursuit of justice."


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1:43pm Thu 27 Feb 14

mr-bjp says...

If these 'slap on the wrist' judges did their jobs properly there wouldn't be any need for a review of the sentence. 20 years is the minimum I would have expected.
If these 'slap on the wrist' judges did their jobs properly there wouldn't be any need for a review of the sentence. 20 years is the minimum I would have expected. mr-bjp
  • Score: 14

4:41pm Thu 27 Feb 14

cicero35 says...

Return death penalty,also sack the bufoon judge.
Return death penalty,also sack the bufoon judge. cicero35
  • Score: 11

6:37am Fri 28 Feb 14

Liberals are deluded says...

Where are the usual marxists and liberals with excuses for this vile import? As for the mother she looks like a junkie from some sink hole estate in sutton.
Where are the usual marxists and liberals with excuses for this vile import? As for the mother she looks like a junkie from some sink hole estate in sutton. Liberals are deluded
  • Score: 3

11:48am Sat 1 Mar 14

Jonny English says...

How on earth is this not murder. He has intentionally hit this man in the head with devastating force just because the man was questioning his friend for riding his bike on the pavement. All the time idiots like this get away with sentences like this using manslaughter as a shield then we will continue to have injustice on our streets. This guy should be locked for 20 years minimum and even then it will be less years than he took from this innocent man.
How on earth is this not murder. He has intentionally hit this man in the head with devastating force just because the man was questioning his friend for riding his bike on the pavement. All the time idiots like this get away with sentences like this using manslaughter as a shield then we will continue to have injustice on our streets. This guy should be locked for 20 years minimum and even then it will be less years than he took from this innocent man. Jonny English
  • Score: 3

12:33am Mon 3 Mar 14

Expatasb says...

As somebody with Aspergers who has also been on the wrong end of a street attack,(I just lost some teeth, not my life fortunately) I could reccomend a sentence of 10 to 20 years hard labour, the proceeds would go to compensate the victim's family. If this ridiculous 4 year sentence goes foward, the thug will be back on the streets in no time,most likely re-offending.
As somebody with Aspergers who has also been on the wrong end of a street attack,(I just lost some teeth, not my life fortunately) I could reccomend a sentence of 10 to 20 years hard labour, the proceeds would go to compensate the victim's family. If this ridiculous 4 year sentence goes foward, the thug will be back on the streets in no time,most likely re-offending. Expatasb
  • Score: 1

12:40pm Tue 4 Mar 14

emelem says...

Liberals are deluded wrote:
Where are the usual marxists and liberals with excuses for this vile import? As for the mother she looks like a junkie from some sink hole estate in sutton.
why can't you just post what you believe instead of always looking for a fight with those who may disagree with your beliefs? is antagonising one of your favourite hobbies??

ANYWAY, yes, 4 years is an absolute joke. this guy wanted to hit him some more. you can tell in the video, he grabs onto him, hits him, pulls back to throw another punch but sees the one was "good enough". sickening!
[quote][p][bold]Liberals are deluded[/bold] wrote: Where are the usual marxists and liberals with excuses for this vile import? As for the mother she looks like a junkie from some sink hole estate in sutton.[/p][/quote]why can't you just post what you believe instead of always looking for a fight with those who may disagree with your beliefs? is antagonising one of your favourite hobbies?? ANYWAY, yes, 4 years is an absolute joke. this guy wanted to hit him some more. you can tell in the video, he grabs onto him, hits him, pulls back to throw another punch but sees the one was "good enough". sickening! emelem
  • Score: 2

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