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This is the Newlove Family. The man in the centre, with the glasses, is Gary Newlove. Sadly, his family will never see him again. He was kicked to death and the court proceedings that convicted his killers made national headlines. One of the group who kicked him to death, Adam Swellings, was convicted of murder and was jailed for life.

Adam Swellings was one of the gang who kicked father-of-three Garry Newlove to death. I thought I would repeat that as he is considering an appeal against his conviction and his 17 year jail sentence, his solicitor has said.

Adam Swellings, 19, from Crewe, was jailed for life with a recommendation he serve a minimum of 17 years, for a killing that sparked outrage and a national debate about Britain’s yob culture.

Patrick Heald, Swellings’ solicitor, said however that the term had gone beyond parliament’s recommended tariff of 15 years for similar crimes.

“It is safe to say he will consider appealing [against] both the conviction and sentence,” said Mr Heald.

Helen Newlove, the widow of the murdered man, said that she was not surprised that Swellings was considering an appeal.

“He knows how to play the system, he has no respect and will just try whatever and I hope to God they don’t give him leave to appeal, because this is just disgraceful,” said Mrs Newlove, when she was told about it on GMTV this morning.

“How many times are they going to give this man, this lad… he was out on bail, the charges he had were assault, harassment, these weren’t little shoplifting charges.”

It must be very reassuring to know that parliament can recommend a minimum life sentence for an offender, no matter how horrific the circumstances. It seems as thought the offender now is some form of victim of the legal process.

Even now, after his conviction, he is still trying to get away from any responsibility for his actions.

Who was it said………Every action has an equal and opposite reaction ?

Must have been a scientist because it wasn’t anyone connected with justice.


2 Responses

  1. I suppose an appeal against sentence is inevitable
    It will certainly rack up a few extra thousands on the Legal aid bill.
    I feel their defence argument will be that the sentencing is harsh due to adverse media coverage of low life gratutious violence.
    Basically ‘ Ok I’ve been found guilty of me and my mates kicking a man to death ..but everyones at it so why should I be punished so unfairly’.

    Some defence brief will keep a straight face arguing it.

  2. It is a pity Patrick Heald didn’t have the guts to tell his client to F**k off.

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