Lord Chief Justice Judge

'One punch killers' are to receive longer prison sentences.

The message stating that 'one punch killers' are to receive longer prison sentences, has been given to the court of Appeal. It reflects the concerns of the Attorney General and the public about cases of alcohol related attacks on the streets which resulted in death.  The Lord Chief Justice has issued the guidelines which are intended to cover cases where the attacker is convicted of manslaughter where death occurs, but not murder because of the doubts about the existence of the intention to kill.

Lord Chief Justice Judge has used strong words when referring to the sorts of cases to be covered by the guidelines: "The cases with which we are concerned involved gratuitous, unprovoked violence in the streets of the kind which seriously discourages law-abiding citizens from walking their streets, particularly at night.

"It gives the city and town centres over to the kind of drunken yobbery with which we have become familiar, and a worried perception among decent citizens that it is not safe to walk the streets at night."

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