A man who suffered from Asperger syndrome was killed with a single punch to the head after an argument with a cyclist about riding on the pavement.
Andrew Young, 40, became involved in a dispute with cyclist Victor Ibitoye, warning him not to ride his bike on the pavement because it was dangerous, the Irish Mirror reports.
Graphic surveillance footage was released of the moment after the cyclist rode off and his friend, Lewis Gill, 20, walked up to Young and punched him in the face.
The CCTV video showed that Young was knocked to the ground and struck his head on the road.
Several passerby rushed to help Young after the attack, which took place in a busy shopping area.
Young was taken to the hospital where he died the next day from head injuries with his mother at his bedside.
Gill pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to four and a half years in prison on Friday.
Young’s mother, Pamela, described the sentence as an “absolute joke.”
“I saw the CCTV footage in court and you can see that Andrew didn’t cause Lewis Gill any harm,” she said.
“I sat with him when he died. I wish that awful man who took my son away had pleaded not guilty so he would have got a longer sentence.
“The sentence is an absolute joke. I'm a committed Christian but I think that if someone takes a life they should be prepared to forfeit their own.
“There have been many people who have committed manslaughter or murder in this country and they never even serve a full sentence.”
The incident happened last year at 4:25 p.m. on November 6 outside a Tesco Express.
(Photo via the Irish Mirror)
Young spoke several languages but had the social skills of a 14-year-old due to his Asperger’s.
During the trial, it came out that Young told Ibitoye that riding his bike on the pavement was a “dangerous activity.” After Ibitoye cycled away from Young, he apparently didn’t know what Gill was about to do.
“The defendant claims he was worried about Andrew Young because he thought he was being menacing,” Kerry Maylin, prosecuting, said. “He said Andrew Young put his hand to his pocket and he thought he was going to pull out a knife or a gun.”
An autopsy revealed that Young had no injuries indicating that he had tried to protect himself.
Gill punched Young after the victim allegedly made a racist remark, the court was told.
“He wishes he could turn back the clock and not react in the way he did,” Steven Perian, defending, said.
“You are a powerfully built young man,” judge Keith Cutler said. “You must have known that it was going to cause a significant injury and, very sadly, it did.”
Gill will also spend two consecutive three-month prison terms after committing the crime while on a suspended sentence for robbery and for handling stolen goods.
According to the Daily Mail, judge Cutler was at the center of the inquest of Mark Duggan, a gangster who was killed by police marksmen, which sparked the 2011 London riots.
At the beginning of the hearing, Cutler made the controversial decision to have a 20-second silence for the “regrettable loss of a young life.”
(Photo courtesy of Dorset Police via the Irish Mirror)