On 26th February, former Lord Justice of Appeal Sir Henry Brooke tweeted:
Sentencing for manslaughter where the assailant had no intent to cause serious harm presents a formidable challenge to any sentencing judge
— Henry Brooke (@HenryBrooke1) February 26, 2014
There can be no doubt about that given the vast spectrum of factual situations and degrees of culpability involved in manslaughter cases.
Serious public concern has been expressed at the 4 year sentence imposed on Lewis Gill (aged 20) for the manslaughter of Andrew Young (40) who suffered from Asperger's Syndrome. Some of the media coverage of the offence is at The Independent 27th February (with a video of the event). Unfortunately, sentencing remarks do not seem to have been officially released. However, The Independent report states: