Soccer fans jailed after rocket killed pensioner

TWO soccer fans who killed a pensioner when they fired a distress rocket at the end of an international match in Wales were each jailed for three years yesterday.

John Hill, 67, a retired postman, died after being struck by the powerful rocket, which was fired into a crowded stand at the Wales's World Cup qualifying game against Romania at Cardiff Arms Park last November. Andrew McAllister, 31, and his brother Kerry Still, 35, both of Wrexham, Clwyd, were sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court after admitting manslaughter.

The judge, Mr Justice Schiemann, said it was important that courts severely punished those who were guilty of 'mindless and crass stupidity' at public events.