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Tougher punishment plea by dead victims' relatives
Sandra Davies, whose brother David Cox was killed by a single punch in June 2010. She's now calling for a change in the law on sentencing in such cases after the death of Michael Rogers in similar circumstances
THE sister of a man who died from a single punch is calling for tougher punishments for killers.
Rose Hill grandmother-of-five Sandra Davies, 57, says the three-year sentence given to Jonathan Newton, 18, in 2011 for the manslaughter of her brother David Cox was not long enough.
Her call last night followed the sentencing of cage fighter and kick boxer Logan Usher for the manslaughter of Michael Rogers, of Kidlington, in June 2010.
He was jailed for two years on Thursday last week after admitting manslaughter.
Mrs Davies told the Oxford Mail: “Why do these judges let them off so lightly? It is just a smack on the hand.
“We are really shocked. What we read is exactly what happened to my brother.
“I feel for the parents as well. We know what they are going through.”
Father-of-five Mr Cox died in Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital about 12 hours after the attack near his home in Spencer Crescent, Rose Hill, at 2am on June 26, 2010.
He was struck between the chin and neck by teenager Newton and was found unconscious in a grassy area only yards from his home.
Newton, then of Spencer Crescent, admitted man-slaughter and was jailed for three years.
Mrs Davies said: “It is not fair. It is nothing for a life and is disgusting.
“I feel upset and angry about it all really. I think the law does need to change.
“My brother was just having a night out. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Michael Rogers died 14 months after he was hit by Usher during an unprovoked attack in June 2010 at the Red Lion pub in Oxford Road, Kidlington.
Usher, 24, of Croxford Gardens, Kidlington, was initially convicted of grievous bodily harm in 2011 and jailed for 30 months but the case was re-examined when Mr Rogers died three months later.
Last night his father Grahame Rogers, 57, of Nottingham, said: “I think the law could do with being looked at.
“The severity of the offence of manslaughter falls into a certain category for sentencing and there is nothing you can do.
“Because of all the deductions, for example the guilty plea, in the case of my son it went down to two years.”
Of the sentences given, he said: “It doesn’t stop those responsible thinking about their actions.
“It is hard for you to accept that that is it.
“My son happened to be in the wrong pub at the wrong time.”
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