A south London man, who in an unprovoked attack delivered a fatal blow to a pedestrian with Asperger syndrome in southern England, has been handed a four-and-a-half year prison sentence, a conviction the victim’s mother called an “absolute joke”.
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Shocking newly released CCTV footage shows the conversation that ended the life of Andrew Young on a busy street in Bournemouth.
The 40-year-old got into an argument after challenging a cyclist riding on the pavement.
Just as it seems like the argument has come to an end, one of the cyclist’s friends, 20-year-old Lewis Gill sucker-punched Young and with a single powerful knocked him to the ground, leaving him lying motionlessly on the pavement.
Young was rushed to a nearby hospital, but died the following day.
Mrs Young said later that her son’s Asperger’s meant that he would have fixated on somebody cycling on the pavement and the fear that someone might get hurt.
The shocking footage was released today following the sentencing of Gill to four-and-a-half years jail on Friday. He had pleaded guilty to a charge of manslaughter.
“(The sentence is) an absolute joke,” Mrs Young told British media outside Salisbury Crown Court.
“I saw the CCTV footage in court and you can see that Andrew didn’t cause Lewis Gill any harm.
“I sat with him when he died. I wish that awful man who took my son away had pleaded not guilty so he would have got a longer sentence.
“I’m a committed Christian but I think that if someone takes a life they should be prepared to forfeit their own. There have been many people who have committed manslaughter or murder in this country and they never even serve a full sentence.”
The incident happened at 4.25pm on November 6 last year outside a Tesco supermarket in Charminster, Bournemouth.
The court heard Mr Young told Mr Ibitoye that riding his bike on the pavement was a “dangerous activity”.
After Mr Ibitoye cycled away from Mr Young, he apparently had no idea what Gill was about to do, the court heard.