Petition call for tougher jail terms

Nathan Bagley and his girlfriend Tamsin Lloyd-James. Nathan was killed in a fight in Sheffield city centre.
Nathan Bagley and his girlfriend Tamsin Lloyd-James. Nathan was killed in a fight in Sheffield city centre.
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A WOMAN whose partner was killed in an attack outside a Sheffield bar has launched a petition calling for tougher sentences.

Tamsin Lloyd-James, aged 28, is campaigning for judges to be given the right to impose longer sentences after her partner’s killer was jailed for four years - and could be walking the streets again in just two.

Nathan Bagley, 31, of Brincliffe Edge Road, Brincliffe, Sheffield, suffered serious head injuries when he was knocked to the ground in an attack outside the DQ Bar on Fitzwilliam Street in the city centre in the early hours of October 17.

He fractured his skull and died just a few hours later.

His killer, Adam Stott, 27, of Agbrigg Road, Wakefield, admitted manslaughter at Sheffield Crown Court and was jailed for four years but could be released after serving just half of the sentence.

Tamsin, who met Nathan in 2005, has collected more than 100 names on her online petition, which urges the Secretary of State for Justice, Kenneth Clarke, to look into sentencing guidelines and the fact that criminals get a reduction in their prison sentence if they plea guilty to an offence.

It also asks for prisoners to serve their entire sentences.

Tamsin said: “Criminals should not be rewarded when the victims of crime have no such privilege.”

Her petition says: “Mr Stott will be out of prison in less than two years if he behaves himself. How can a motiveless, unprovoked attack by a remorseless man with a violent past result in less than two years in prison?

“There was a case in Sheffield recently where a man was sentenced for fraud and drug dealing and he received a sentence of eight and a half years.

“I am not trying to compare the actual cases but instead shine some light on what I find to be completely unreasonable – a man who viciously killed another innocent man will be out in a quarter of the time as a man who did not directly harm anyone.

“There is a serious flaw in the justice system when criminals are rewarded for acknowledging their guilt. There needs to be a separation between true remorse and calculated remorse.

“A criminal who knows they are guilty and knows they will not be acquitted will inevitably opt for the early release scheme in order to get a third taken off of their sentence, whether they are actually remorseful or not.

“Mr Stott should have received a heftier sentence for taking the life of a completely innocent, wonderful and gentle man in this horrific act of violence and at the very least should be required to serve the full four years.

“My greatest fear is that this will inevitably happen again and another family will have to leave the court in tears as they will also feel like they are being punished by an unduly lenient sentence.”

Visit www.gopetition.com/petition/42210.html to sign the petition.