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Prosecutors arrange meeting after Justice for Shaun petition

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​Huge response forces prosecutors to act

Crown Office officials have agreed to meet the dad of a murdered footballer after 70,000 people signed a petition outraged at his killer’s four-year sentence.

Shaun Woodward, 30, was killed by a punch last New Year by a teenager outside an Edinburgh pub.

His killer, who can’t be named, was sentenced to four years in prison last week, sparking outrage on social media.

Dad Kevin started a peititon and was flooded with support within days.

The petition called on Lord Advocate James Wolffe to order an appeal against the “soft” punishment.

Law chiefs will now decide whether to appeal against the sentence as being “unduly lenient”.

Shaun’s killer could be out after serving two years.Prisoners in Scotland, given a sentence of four years or less are eligible for release at the halfway point.

Shaun’s dad Kevin welcomed the offer of the meeting.

He said: “It’s a step in the right direction and I’m pleased they have reached out following the campaign for justice for Shaun. They cannot discuss the sentence as it’s under review but will listen to our views on it.”

Kevin launched his campaign to win justice for his son following the sentencing last week, writing to Lord Advocate James Wolffe and Scottish Government ministers.

“We have received hundreds of messages from people offering whatever help and support they can give.”

He added: “I will speak to the prosecutors and hopefully they will listen. I will keep fighting for my son and ensure he gets the justice he deserves.”



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over 6 years ago
i hope shaun gets justice,
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