Mother of Andrew Young’s one-punch killer Lewis Gill says crime was ‘no big deal’
Attorney General considering sentence review – but Sherron O’Hagan says she ‘doesn’t understand what all the fuss is about’
The mother of a man who killed an autistic pedestrian with a single punch last night reportedly dismissed her son’s crime as “not a big deal”.
Andrew Young, 40, died in hospital after he was knocked down in a vicious and unprovoked assault from Lewis Gill in Bournemouth last year.
The public outcry over the four-year sentence handed down to Gill, 20, has resulted in the Attorney General stepping in to examine whether the judge’s ruling was unduly lenient – but Gill’s mother yesterday said she doesn’t understand “what all the fuss is about”.
Speaking outside her home in Sutton, South London, Sharron O’Hagan told the Mail: “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.”
She added: “This story will be the lining of chips tomorrow. I just don’t understand what all the fuss is about.”
Gill pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced at Salisbury Crown Court to four-and-a-half years in prison - a sentence reportedly branded an “absolute joke” by Mr Young's family.
Lewis Gill was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison for the attack last year The Attorney General, Dominic Grieve, has until 21 March to decide whether to refer the sentence to the Court of Appeal.
Earlier this week Dorset Police released CCTV images showing the moment when Mr Young, who suffered from Asperger Syndrome, stopped a cyclist riding on the pavement to tell him it was unsafe.
After a brief discussion between the pair, Gill – an acquaintance of the cyclist – arrives on the scene. As the man on the bicycle rides away, Gill can be seen suddenly lunging at Mr Young, knocking him down with a single punch.
Mr Young cracked his head on the pavement, and died in hospital on 6 November last year.
His mother Pamela, 71, was sat at her son’s bedside when he died.
She said: “I saw the CCTV footage in court and you can see that Andrew didn't cause Lewis Gill any harm. I wish that awful man who took my son away had pleaded not guilty so he would have got a longer sentence.
“The sentence is an absolute joke. I'm a committed Christian but I think that if someone takes a life they should be prepared to forfeit their own.”
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.
“Today 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.”
Additional reporting by PA
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