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    The NSW premier, Barry O'Farrell, has announced new laws and regulations to tackle drug- and alcohol-related violence.

    1. One-punch law

    A new offence for ‘one punch’ assaults, with a 20-year maximum sentence for causing death. Where the offender was intoxicated by alcohol or drugs, a minimum mandatory sentence of eight years and a maximum sentence of 25 years applies.

    2. Mandatory minimum sentences

    Mandatory minimums introduced for serious assaults where drugs and alcohol are involved; existing maximum sentences increased by two years (see table). View attachment 36798























    3. Sentencing

    Voluntary intoxication removed as a mitigating factor in sentencing.

    4. Drug and alcohol testing

    Police empowered to test assault suspects for drugs and alcohol.

    5. New Sydney precinct

    A new Sydney CBD precinct declared with special licence conditions imposed on venues by regulation (see map) View attachment 36799



















    6. Lockouts and last drinks

    Venues within the precinct will not be allowed to admit patrons after 1.30am, or to serve drinks after 3am (excluding small bars with fewer than 60 patrons, restaurants and tourist accommodation).

    7. Public transport

    Free buses every 10 minutes from Kings Cross to the CBD on Friday and Saturday nights.

    8. Licensing freeze

    No new liquor licences to be issued for venues within the precinct (excluding small bars, restaurants and tourist accommodation).

    9. Precinct bans

    Police given power to ban people from the precinct or part of it.

    10. Licensing fees

    New licensing scheme with higher fees for venues deemed ‘higher risk’.

    11. Earlier closing times for bottle shops

    Bottle shops and liquor stores across the state will be required to close no later than 10pm.

    12. Increased fines

    On-the-spot fines issued by Police for anti-social behavior will be increased (see table)










    13. Steroid penalties

    Maximum sentence for the illegal supply and possession of steroids increased from two years to 25 years.

    14. Responsible Service of Alcohol

    Online RSA courses suspended pending changes.

    15. Minors

    Police will be allowed to mount covert controlled operations to enforce laws on sale of alcohol to minors.

    16. Advertising

    A "road safety style" social media and advertising campaign will be launched.


    Guardian Staff
    Photographs/diagrams NSW Government; current and proposed sentences, proposed Sydney CBD entertainment precinct, proposed new fines.
    Tuesday 21 January 2014
    The Guardian
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/21/drug-alcohol-package-nsw-key-points

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    One-punch assaults: tough new laws outlined by Barry O'Farrell

    NSW crackdown includes a minimum jail sentence of eight years for one-punch assaults under the influence of drugs or alcohol

    [IMGR=''white'']https://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=36802&stc=1&d=1390327889[/IMGR]Mandatory minimum jail terms, forced drug and alcohol testing, earlier closing times for bottle shops and late-night lock-outs for big inner city bars are all in store for NSW.

    But the alleged attackers who helped propel alcohol-fuelled violence in Sydney into the headlines will not feel the sting of the new laws, which will come into effect from 1 February.

    Premier Barry O'Farrell announced the extensive reform package on Monday following the death of alleged one-punch victim Daniel Christie after a night out in Kings Cross and the brutal assault of Michael McEwen in Bondi.

    He said parliament would be recalled early to pass a one-punch law that would carry a 20-year maximum sentence, with a minimum eight-year jail sentence and a 25-year-maximum where drugs and alcohol were involved.

    "The new measures are tough and I make no apologies for that," O'Farrell told reporters on Tuesday.

    "The fact is, it's not acceptable for people to go out, get intoxicated, start a fight, throw a punch – whether it's a coward's punch or another punch – and think they'll get away with it."

    Sexual assaults committed under the influence of drugs or alcohol would be punishable by a minimum five-year jail sentence, while assault occasioning actual bodily harm would result in a mandatory minimum sentence of two years.

    Voluntary intoxication would also be removed as a mitigating factor for judges and magistrates setting sentences.

    In total, mandatory minimum sentences would be introduced for 10 offences if they are committed under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

    The premier acknowledged that the laws, if passed, could mean a surge in the state's jail population.

    "We decided that we would send a message," O'Farrell said. "When it comes to keeping [people] safe and alive there is no price you can put on that."

    The mandatory minimum laws would only apply in cases of assaults committed after February 1.

    Under the proposed laws, police would be given new powers to conduct alcohol and drug testing on anyone suspected of committing an alcohol or drug-fuelled assault.

    "Police will be empowered to take all measures to ensure those tests can be conducted," O'Farrell said.

    The laws include 1.30am lock-outs at licenced premises across a newly declared Sydney CBD precinct, which would stretch from the Rocks and to Kings Cross in the east and along George Street to Haymarket but exclude the planned casino complex at Barangaroo, as well as last drinks at 3am.

    Hotels, small bars and restaurants would be exempt from the new laws.

    The NSW branch of the Australian Hotels Association said it welcomed the tougher sentencing, but was sceptical about lockouts and mandated last drinks at 3am.

    "The organisation wholeheartedly welcomes tougher sentencing for thugs and official recognition of the role drugs play in night-time violence," the AHA said in a statement on Tuesday.

    "We do not believe tens of thousands of people will stay in licensed premises past 3am once alcohol is no longer served, but will instead be out on the streets looking for a way home. The government will need to address this new issue.

    "Lockouts and closures in the Sydney city centre will also have an undeniable impact on the night-time economy, penalising businesses that are well run and have had nothing to do with the recent violence."

    [IMGL=''white'']https://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=36801&stc=1&d=1390327889[/IMGL]St Vincent's Hospital neurosurgeon Dr Mark Winder welcomed proposed restrictions on trading hours.

    "For every hour we see a reduction in alcohol trading in the Kings Cross and CBD area, we are confident of seeing a major reduction in the amount of alcohol-related presentations that will come through our emergency department doors," Winder said in a statement.

    "We welcome the NSW government's decision to introduce 1.30am lockouts and 3am closures around the city.

    "This will go a long way to reducing some of the horrific injuries that I, and many of my surgical colleagues, have had to contend with in recent times."

    But the incoming Human Rights Commissioner, Tim Wilson, said in a statement it was disappointing to see NSW replicating the "folly of a failed lockout" in Victoria.

    “A lockout limits the rights of law-abiding patrons to exercise their right to self-determination by engaging in legal behaviour," he said. "Lockouts also arbitrarily punish licensed premises.”

    He said data showed a general decline in the consumption of alcohol and in the incidence of non-domestic assaults on licensed premises. He did not want to criticise the government's intent to curb street violence, but said restricting liberties was not an effective way to do so.

    “Stopping street violence is not achieved through arbitrary restrictions on the individual liberty of law-abiding citizens in the hope that it may reduce criminal behaviour amongst a small number of individuals,” he said.

    The NSW Bar Association president, Phillip Boulten SC, criticised the mandatory sentencing proposals.

    "Mandatory sentencing laws do not deter criminal activity," Boulten said in a statement. "They remove discretion from judges. They result in penalties that are often disproportionately harsh."

    But he backed the limits on trading hours and lock-outs.

    "These sensible, practical measures offer a far more effective means of addressing alcohol-related violent crime, and all of the other problems that accompany binge drinking in public spaces," Boulten said.

    The NSW Law Society said it was regrettable the government did not wait for judicial direction on mandatory sentencing.

    "Evidence shows us that mandatory minimum sentencing has no deterrent effects on offending," Law Society president Ros Everett said.

    "US studies have shown us that deterrence arises from fear of being caught, not from the length of the sentence."

    The premier stopped short of introducing earlier closing times for licensed venues.

    O'Farrell said there would also be a new statewide closing time of 10pm for bottle shops.

    "Licensed venues alone are not the source of all the alcohol problems across NSW – bottle shops have to play their role as well," he said.

    The opposition declared the reform package a "watered-down version" of its own lock-out plan.


    Photograph NSW Government; newly declared Sydney CBD precinct, AAP; Daniel Christie who died after being punched on New Year's Eve
    Tuesday 21 January 2014
    The Guardian, AAP
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/21/one-punch-assaults-tough-new-laws?INTCMP=ILCNETTXT3487
  2. 5-HT2A
    Can someone from Australia tell me - don't you have constitutional prohibitions against excessive punishment in your country? This sounds like a nightmare Reagan revolution scenario from the 1980's, not 2014 Australia. How will this even be tolerated? Has the public there no outrage?
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    Mandatory sentencing may help Byron Bay

    LOCAL publicans hope the O'Farrell Government's tough stance on mandatory sentencing for alcohol-fuelled violence will send a clear message to the small handful of drunken fools giving Byron a bad name.

    [IMGR=''white'']https://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=36831&stc=1&d=1390408968[/IMGR]The public campaign for tougher laws, sparked by the deaths of high profile king hit victims Thomas Kelly and Daniel Christie, has been followed with interest by members of the Byron Liquor Accord, who are already subject to similar licensing restrictions set to be imposed on Sydney's party precincts.

    Earlier lock-outs have been trialled in Byron with varying success but until this week, little had been done to deter those who had helped give the town the unenviable reputation of being the most violent outside of Sydney.

    Recent BOCSAR statistics showed pub assaults were down in Byron but violence on the streets remained a problem.

    While many of the alcohol reforms flagged by Premier Barry O'Farrell have been met with mixed reaction, Byron Liquor Accord President Hannah Spalding believes mandatory minimum sentences for drunken assaults that end in death or serious injury, could make a real difference to the attitude of visiting party-goers.

    "It really is the minority out there that causes the trouble and if there is no longer a chance of them walking away with a slap on the wrist, then that can only be positive," Ms Spalding said

    "Most of the people who go out here want to have a good time and mandatory sentencing sends a clear message to the few who don't, that they will be facing severe penalties if they play up."

    Under the reforms, deadly coward punches will attract a minimum eight-year jail sentence and penalties for all alcohol fuelled assaults will be increased by two years.

    The NSW Bar Association has criticised the move, claiming "there is no evidence to prove that mandatory sentences are effective."

    Ms Spalding said while there was always a chance that "someone is not going to care", it was "really fantastic too see negative aggressive behaviour finally being targeted".

    Meanwhile, the Australian Medical Association has called for wider spread action on alcohol fuelled violence.

    AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton said doctors across the country were dealing with broken bodies and shattered lives and a broad review of alcohol misuse in the community, the marketing of alcohol to young people was needed.

    He is expected to outline the AMA's proposal at a press conference in Sydney on Thursday.


    By Jessica Grewal
    Photograph Matt Cardy/Getty
    January 22 2014
    NoosaNews
    http://www.noosanews.com.au/news/byron-reputation-alcohol-fuelled-violence/2147216/
  4. kumar420
    Alcohol and drug fuelled violence in australia has gotten to the point that these laws are necessary. If jerkoffs weren't going out and getting blind drunk and beating people to a bloody pulp, then these laws wouldn't be necessary. Unfortunately it was either this or start asking funeral homes to lower costs for closed casket funerals

    In the few years I was of legal drinking age in Australia, I saw countless people get the shit kicked out of them for no reason whatsoever. Not to mention the prevalence of parking-lot-farewells from bouncers and groups of drunken, muscle-bound dickheads (fucking cowards, the lot of them)

    Drinking and fighting is almost considered a legitimate hobby in some parts of Australia. Alcohol is WAYY too socially accepted, the citizens of the country need to wake the fuck up and see the sheer amount of damage that alcohol alone has done to the nation as a whole. My sister works in an emergency room in Darwin, NT, and the most frequent admissions are from alcohol related violence
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    F.First MP Robert Brokenshire to introduce laws for 8-year mandatory jail sentences

    DRUNK or drugged perpetrators of deadly assaults would face at least eight years in jail under a proposal to be put to Parliament.

    [IMGR=''white'']https://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=36841&stc=1&d=1390475146[/IMGR]The NSW Liberal government on Tuesday announced it will introduce laws to create a new offence for one-punch assaults which would carry a minimum mandatory sentence of eight years.

    Amid mounting concern about alcohol-fuelled violence across the country, Family First MP Robert Brokenshire urged whichever victorious party to introduce the same laws in South Australia after the state election.

    If neither the government or opposition will commit Mr Brokenshire has pledged to introduce a Private Member's Bill when Parliament resumes later in the year.

    TELL US: Will this deter such assaults?


    It would set a minimum mandatory sentence of eight years and a maximum sentence of 25 years for alcohol or drug-fuelled assaults, in which the victim dies as result of the attack.

    Recent victims of one-punch assaults in the state include Jason Lindsley, 24, who was placed in an induced coma after being hit in a city nightclub in August, 2012, and Henk van Oosterom, 39, who was killed outside Gawler's Bushman Hotel in September last year.

    Mr Brokenshire told The Advertiser last night: "We don't advocate mandatory minimum sentencing for everything but on very serious offences ... we need to send a strong message to the community that we won't tolerate thuggery. Its all about a deterrent.

    "Judges will still have a large range of (sentencing) discretion between eight and 25 years."

    Attorney-General John Rau has said existing laws allow judges to hand down a maximum sentence of life in prison to murderers, with a minimum 20-year non-parole period.

    He conceded last week that "each case is different" and judges "award appropriate sentences up to the maximum".

    Mr Rau told Fiveaa radio the government had changed the law to make it easier for the Director of Public Prosecutions to appeal sentences deemed inadequate.

    In the same radio segment, Chief Justice Chris Kourakis advocated considering increasing the severity of sentences in cases where an assault "might luckily not cause an injury", instead of only delivering "really draconian sentences" when injury or death occurs.

    NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell Tuesday outlined a package of reforms aimed at curbing alcohol-fuelled violence, including mandatory eight-year minimum sentences for deadly one-punch assaults, lockouts in CBD venues from 1.30am and a new closing time for pubs and clubs of 3am.

    [IMGL=''white'']https://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=36842&stc=1&d=1390475238[/IMGL]SA Opposition justice spokesman Stephen Wade said his party was considering the NSW reforms.

    "Unlike the Weatherill Labor Government which ruled out changing the law more than a week ago, we are committed to looking at every lever to try to address the scourge of violence in the community," he said.

    Mr Rau welcomed the initiatives and said the SA Labor Government would "closely observe and consider all of the measures".

    "We have already reduced the availability of suspended sentences for violent offenders and we have increased maximum penalties for violent assaults," he said.



    Mr Rau said a new late night trading code for licensed venues which took effect in October had reduced offences in the city by 25 per cent.


    By Lauren Novak
    Photographs Source supplied; MP Robert Brokenshire, assault victim Henk Van Oosterom
    22 January 2014
    Herald Sun News
    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/na...-deadly-assaults/story-fnii5yv7-1226807081972
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    John Ibrahim says 'ridiculous' lockouts will not stop violence in Kings Cross

    Sydney nightclub entrepreneur John Ibrahim believes mateship is the key to stopping alcohol-fuelled violence on Sydney streets, not "ridiculous" lockouts and sanctions on venues.

    ''I think a 1.30am lockout is ridiculous. It's going to mean even more people are roaming around the streets with nothing else to do''

    Mr Ibrahim said as someone who spent a lot of time on the streets of Kings Cross walking between venues late at night, he saw fights between individuals and groups all the time. He said friends standing around egging each other on were part of the problem.

    [IMGR=''white'']https://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=36844&stc=1&d=1390476900[/IMGR]"People need to be taught it's not cool to get so drunk, and punch people - that's the only way we are going to change this culture. It's a bigger problem than lockouts in venues."

    He conceded violence on the streets in areas like Kings Cross was at an all-time high, but said the measures proposed by Premier Barry O'Farrell on Tuesday were going to be a "nightmare" to enforce.

    "I want safer streets too but this isn't going to lead to safer streets," he told Fairfax Media.

    "I think a 1.30am lockout is ridiculous. It's going to mean even more people are roaming around the streets with nothing else to do."

    The nightclub tsar, who is affiliated with a number of venues in Kings Cross, said his criticisms were not in self-interest as only two of the premises with which he was associated would be affected.

    He said the measures to restrict the trading hours of bottle shops, like the government's education initiatives, were a "step in the right direction".

    "The kids [I see] are all drunk before they even get to the Cross, they can't afford to drink in the clubs," he said.

    "The pre-fuelling issue is a far bigger one than late night trading hours."

    Mr Ibrahim spoke out in a bid to clarify tweets sent from his account on Tuesday.

    At 1.52pm yesterday, he tweeted: "The announcement today will not change the youth drinking culture. Punishing the majority for the actions of a few morons! #Misguided"

    He said an earlier tweet from his account saying Mr O'Farrell's announcement was "like 9/11" was not sent by him.

    At a press conference on Wednesday morning, Mr O'Farrell said Mr Ibrahim should follow the lead of Manly's "responsible, respectable" publicans who have driven down violence by closing earlier and co-operating with police.

    "I have a simple message for John Ibrahim. [Manly] is an example of responsible, respectable publicans doing the right thing by their community."

    Mr Ibrahim declined to comment on the later remarks.

    The licensing reforms apply to a new precinct spanning Kings Cross, Cockle Bay, The Rocks, Haymarket and Darlinghurst.

    The government will also have the power to establish precincts in other areas with high levels of alcohol- and drug-related violence.

    The Australian Medical Association says the measures should be considered in Bondi, Coogee and Parramatta.

    The entertainment districts of Darling Harbour, Pyrmont and Surry Hills were not included, nor was Barangaroo, the site of James Packer's proposed casino.

    Mr O'Farrell rejected criticism by Sydney lord mayor Clover Moore that violence might spill into suburbs neighbouring the precinct, saying research in Newcastle and Melbourne, where similar licensing restrictions applied, found “no evidence” of displaced crime.

    However, the boundaries could be redrawn if required, he said.


    By Lisa Davies
    With Nicole Hashem
    Photograph Mick Tsikas; John Ibrahim
    January 22 2014
    The Sydney Morning Herald NSW
    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/john-ibra...p-violence-in-kings-cross-20140122-318pb.html
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    UOW expert counts cost of 'one-punch' law

    The NSW "one-punch" laws are likely to blow out costs in the legal system and are essentially unnecessary, according to a University of Wollongong academic.

    Premier Barry O'Farrell unveiled a series of measures on Tuesday aimed at reducing one-punch attacks, including creating a new offence for fatal assaults involving alcohol and drugs that will carry a mandatory minimum jail sentence of eight years and a maximum of 25 years.

    Mandatory minimum sentences will also be introduced for nine existing violent offences in cases where alcohol and drugs are involved.

    Other measures include 1.30am lockouts and 3am closures of venues in the Sydney CBD and Kings Cross while bottle shops across the state will have to close their doors at 10pm.

    The measures are a response to the public outcry for action in the wake of the deaths of Thomas Kelly in 2012 and Daniel Christie this month.

    [IMGR=''white'']https://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=36889&stc=1&d=1390673843[/IMGR]Julia Quilter, a senior lecturer in UOW's Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts, praised the tighter measures on venues and said they continued the work the government had been doing in the wake of Mr Kelly's death.

    In 2012, the government introduced what Dr Quilter called a "multi-faceted and nuanced response" that included tightening hotel licensing, improving CBD public transport and alcohol education campaigns.

    However Dr Quilter, who has been researching Australia's one-punch laws since the sentencing of Mr Kelly's killer Kieran Loveridge, said the introduction of a new offence and mandatory minimum sentences were "a knee-jerk law and order response".

    A former solicitor and barrister, Dr Quilter said so-called one-punch laws were in effect in Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

    They were introduced to fill a gap in the manslaughter law that didn't exist in NSW, she said.

    In NSW the existing manslaughter laws effectively cover incidents such as one-punch assaults.

    "Our manslaughter laws have always covered this situation and when I looked at all the one-punch cases in NSW, of which there was 18, we are getting convictions," Dr Quilter said.

    Her study of prosecutions under these laws reveal that what follows is either the laws are never used (as is the case in the Northern Territory) or there are a range of unintended consequences (as in Western Australia).

    "When I started researching those prosecutions it became very clear that the Western Australian offence was modelled on a one-punch scenario [but] that was the minority of matters being prosecuted under that offence," she said.

    "What we saw was very serious domestic violence matters where there was an ongoing history of abuse and violence and, at some point, an assault was made on the woman and the woman was killed.

    "That was never what was perceived to be why these laws were being produced but that was the unintended consequence in the Western Australian context."

    The proposed NSW law differs in one crucial way - it includes a mandatory minimum of eight years.

    Dr Quilter felt this difference would lead to a range of flow-on effects that would place an added burden on the legal system.

    "First of all we're not going to see early pleas to these types of offences," she said.

    "Why would you plead to something you know you're going to get a mandatory minimum of eight years?

    "Our whole guilty plea system is based on producing efficiency for the community both in terms of not running lengthy and costly trials but also of not having to put the victims through the horror of going through a trial.

    ''that goes when you have mandatory minimums in place because the defence will want to put the Crown to the test on every single element.

    "You'll get much longer trials which will be extremely well contested, which ups the cost of criminal justice in NSW."

    Other effects would be cost increases for legal aid and, ultimately, the extra cost of housing offenders in jail for longer periods.

    It would also create an imbalance in the system where more serious offences didn't attract a mandatory minimum sentence.

    While mandatory minimums might offer some sense of justice for the families of the victims, Dr Quilter said there was no evidence increasing sentences changed the behaviour of offenders.

    "Let's put it this way, if you're drunk and it's 3am and you're angry, is the first thing you think about if you have a confrontation with somebody, 'gee if I hit this person and they die I could be liable for eight years jail'?" she said.


    By Glen Humphries
    Photograph Media.uow; Dr Julia Quilter
    January 25 2014
    Illawarra Mercury
    http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/2044653/uow-expert-counts-cost-of-one-punch-law/?cs=12
  8. DOG-CHOPPER
    Australia has more restrictive laws and regulations than any communist country in the world.

    I went to a night club and there were more police than security staff and it was on new years eve
    and the bar was closed at 11.30pm and we were all told to leave by midnight.

    What a nanny country.
  9. Hey :-)
    Shock death of Andrew Young sees call for 'ONE PUNCH LAW' in UK

    PUBLIC outrage over an “absolute joke” of a four-year jail term for a thug who killed a man with a single punch may force a review of the sentence in the Court of Appeal, while others are calling for a new UK-wide One Punch Law.

    [IMGR=''white'']https://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=37543&stc=1&d=1104674437[/IMGR]The Attorney General’s Office said today it is considering referring Lewis Gill’s prison term to the court amid demands across the UK for tougher sentences for “one punch killings”.

    Last month, Australia passed a new “one punch law” introducing a minimum eight-year term for such crimes in New South Wales.

    Gill, 20, killed Andrew Young, 40, with heavy punch in an unprovoked attack in Bournemouth, Dorset, on November 6 last year.

    The assault was caught on CCTV, with footage showing Mr Young, an Asperger’s sufferer, challenging a cyclist for riding a bike on the pavement.

    After one minute of discussion between the pair, Gill - an acquaintance of the cyclist - arrives at the scene.

    The cyclist rides off and Gill appears to turn to follow him - but suddenly lunges towards Mr Young and launches a single vicious punch at his head.

    Mr Young immediately falls on to the ground, where he lies motionless.

    Gill, of Sutton in south London, glances back at him before callously walking away.

    He suffered a serious head injury and later died in Southampton Hospital.

    Gill later pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced at Salisbury Crown Court to four years in prison for the crime - a sentence branded an "absolute joke" by Mr Young's family.

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

    Mr Young's mother, Pamela, said: "You can see 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."

    The video of the attack was shown to the sentencing judge and Dorset Police released the footage yesterday.

    Radio phone-in shows were today dominated by the issue, with LBC’s James O’Brien calling on listeners to help him draft a letter to the Attorney General.

    Earlier this month, the Sunday Express reported demands from other grieving families for a new “one punch law” in Britain–similar to legislation recently passed in Australia.

    Such a law would mean a new minimum term for manslaughter.

    Relatives say they feel betrayed by seeing courts repeatedly putting killers’ guilty pleas and so-called expressions of remorse ahead of the devastating effect they have had on their victims’ loved ones, with offenders freed from prison in as little as 18 months or two years.

    Sara Whitworth, whose Royal Marine Commando son Wesley Clutterbuck, 19, was killed by a single punch during a night out in Rochdale, Lancashire, told the Sunday Express the justice system should make youths think about the devastating impact that can come with drunken violence.

    Wesley’s killer Reece Kay, 20, who bragged on Twitter about the attack after being jailed for four years, is likely to be freed in just two years.

    Miss Whitworth said this month: “Young kids know they can go out and do what they want, and only get two years in prison for killing someone.

    “That’s not the right message to send out. There is no deterrent for someone not to go out and hit somebody, they know they’ll only get a slap on the wrist.”

    Though manslaughter carries a maximum life sentence, judges are at present guided by jail terms handed down in similar cases, with admissions of guilt and expressions of remorse earning shorter sentences.

    However, campaigners want Britain to follow the lead of New South Wales which has introduced a minimum eight-year term for manslaughter in the wake of a spate of fatal one-punch assaults last year.

    The Ministry of Justice believes that “sentencing in individual cases is a matter for the independent judges, who will consider the full facts of each case”.


    By Ted Jeory, Jon Coates
    Photograph Enterprise; Lewis Gill hits Andrew Young CCTV,
    Wednesday 26 February 2014
    Express
    http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/46...l-for-One-Punch-Law-minimum-manslaughter-term
  10. Hey :-)
    Re: First post on thread

    Re: Shock death of Andrew Young sees call for 'ONE PUNCH LAW' in UK

    'Such crimes' involve being under the influence of alcohol/drugs. I do not see where Lewis Gill was affected in this way.
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