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Attorney General Looks Into Punch Jail Sentence
The Attorney General is considering referring to the Court of Appeal a jail sentence over a punch which left a man dead.
The four-and-a-half-year sentence, handed down to Lewis Gill, 20, from Bournemouth, may have been unduly lenient, Attorney General Dominic Grieve's office said, after receiving complaints.
Only one complaint is required to trigger the process.
Mr Grieve has until March 21 to decide whether or not to refer the case.
Andrew Young, 40, died after falling to the ground when he was punched by Gill in November last year.
Gill was an acquaintance of the cyclist to whom Mr Young spoke about riding on the pavement.
CCTV cameras recorded the attack outside a Tesco Metro store, with the footage showing Mr Young talking to the cyclist and then being punched by Gill as the cyclist walked away.
Mr Young, who suffered from Asperger's syndrome, died the next day in hospital.
The victim's family have described the sentence as an "absolute joke".
Mr Young's mother, Pamela, told the Dorset Daily Echo that her son's illness affected his social skills.
"He was very precise and particular because of his Asperger's, and he wouldn't have liked seeing someone riding a bicycle on the pavement because it was dangerous," she said.
She wished the "awful man" had pleaded not guilty so he could have faced a longer sentence after a trial, she added.
Detective Inspector Marcus Hester, of Dorset Police Major Crime Team, said: "This was a violent attack on an innocent man which had a tragic outcome.
"This case shows that violence does not resolve anything and can have far-reaching consequences not imagined at the time.
"Criminal behaviour such as this will not be tolerated and we are committed to bringing offenders to justice."
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