mine to stay the same please
- Aug 30, 2005
Following the lively corporal punishment debate, that change to a parenting discussion, what would the SZ masses do in the same position? Is she a good parent or a bad parent?
Man 'shopped' by mother is jailed
Terence Gaskin had been drinking before the attack, the court heard
A man whose mother shopped him to police after he admitted killing a man has been jailed for four years after pleading guilty to manslaughter.
Terence Gaskin, 19, of no fixed address, was drunk when he carried out the unprovoked attack on 51-year-old father-of-four Kenneth Turnbull.
The victim was found unconscious by police outside the White Lion pub in Darwen, Lancashire, on 11 August.
The judge at Preston Crown Court said the attack was "inexcusable violence".
Jailing him for four years, Judge Anthony Russell QC, said: "This was utterly unprovoked, completely inexcusable violence.
"Your actions were those of a coward, committing an unprovoked attack on a vulnerable person who you and your friends saw as elderly."
At first Gaskin, who was aged 18 at the time, claimed Mr Turnbull had gone for him and claimed self defence. But the incident was caught on CCTV and showed the attack was totally unprovoked.
Gaskin walked up to the older man and, according to the defendant's own friend, "swung for the old guy with his right hand and it looked a fair hard punch which hit the old guy on the face".
His mother said she rang police after he told her: "I've killed someone. They're dead", just hours after attack. He later pleaded guilty to manslaughter.