Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Attacker Could Be Free in Two Years

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Attacker Could Be Free in Two Years

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A teenager who laughed after landing the single punch which killed tragic Dean Windle could be free in just two years.

Michael Kennedy had already smashed a man's jaw in another unprovoked attack only six weeks before he felled graphic artist Dean in Newcastle City centre.

He looked back laughing as the popular and talented 26-year-old lay fatally injured.

Kennedy ( convicted of manslaughter after a Newcastle Crown Court jury last month rejected his self defence claim ( was given an indefinite sentence for public protection.

But even though Judge John Milford branded him a danger, he said he had to follow guidelines laid down by higher courts when fixing the minimum term the 19-year-old must serve. And the sentence means Kennedy, from Felling, Gateshead can apply for release after serving two years in a Young Offender Institution.

Judge Milford, who said grieving families would never understand the sentence, told him: "It will fall to the Parole Board to decide whether or not it is then safe to release you. …

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