12/02/2008

Newlove Widow Calls For Death Penalty

The widow of Garry Newlove, who was murdered a group of drunken teenagers, has called for the death penalty to be brought back.

Speaking to 'The Sun', Helen Newlove, 45, said that she thought the teenagers who murdered her 47-year-old husband should "pay the ultimate price".

Mrs Newlove told the newspaper that if the teens were released, that they would kill again and described them as "ticking time bombs".

She said: "If we had the electric chair like in America, I'd watch them fry without the slightest feeling of sympathy. It's an eye for an eye in my book."

On Monday, Adam Swellings, 19, from Crewe, Stephen Sorton, 17, from Warrington and Jordan Cunliffe, formerly from Warrington, were all jailed for life for Mr Newlove's murder.

Swellings was ordered to serve a minimum sentence of 17 years, while Sorton and Cunliffe received minimum sentences of 15 years and 12 years respectively.

All three were convicted of murder at Chester Crown Court last month. Following the guilty verdicts, it was revealed that Swellings had been released from custody for an assault just hours before Mr Newlove was murdered.

Mr Newlove was attacked by the gang after he went to confront the gang about vandalism to vehicles outside his home in Warrington, Cheshire, on August 10 last year. During the trial, the court heard how he was kicked "like a football" in front of his wife and daughters. He suffered massive head injuries and died two days later in hospital.

At sentencing on Monday, Judge Andrew Smith said: "You were three of a gang who attacked Garry Newlove only because he had the courage to remonstrate with you.

"For you all, drunken aggression was part of the night's entertainment. "It was a gang attack, each of you continued to behave aggressively after you had finished with Garry Newlove."

(KMcA)


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