Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Year for This

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Year for This

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Byline: Dave Robson

An MP wants the Crown Prosecution Service to consider if the sentences handed out to two Redcar street attackers were too soft.

Paul Campbell-Murphy, 29, and Scott Wood, 18, each received 12 months' custody for an attack on George Taylor on Coatham Road, Redcar, last September.

Mr Taylor, who was kicked, punched and attacked with a gin bottle in the savage assault, has described the sentences as not long enough.

He told the Gazette: "For three months, I was frightened to leave the house and I'm a strong person."

Redcar MP Vera Baird is so concerned, she has written to the CPS, asking them to consider if the sentencing was "unduly lenient."

If so, she argues, the CPS could then seek a review in the Court of Appeal's criminal division.

In her letter to the CPS, she writes: "I have spoken to Mr Taylor, who is a most responsible individual.

"He was attacked for no reason, having spoken to the men after they threw a bottle at his car. …

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