The president of Halifax RUFC has said “justice has not been carried out” after the man who punched and killed Andrew Feather was jailed for five years and four months.
Dale McLean, 25, was given the sentence at Bradford Crown Court for the manslaughter of Mr Feather on February 9 inside Maine Street, part of Liquid nightclub, Halifax.
But, speaking after sentencing Frank Halford slammed the “lenient sentence” saying he feels for Mr Feather’s family.
“He’s got five years. He’ll probably be out in two and with a history of this kind of atttack I just feel that justice has not been done,” he said. “I just feel for the family.”
Bradford Crown Court heard how Mr Feather (pictured, inset) had been enjoying a night out with Halifax RUFC colleagues and others when his tie was taken off him by a friend of McLean’s. One witness described how the man, who put the tie round his own neck, appeared to be gloating at Mr Feather.
Prosecutor Richard Davies said CCTV footage showed Mr Feather asking for his tie before McLean came into the picture and for no reason struck him from behind.
The court heard in the pathology report that it was this blow which caused his fatal injuries. The force of the punch broke Mr Feather’s jaw in two places and caused damage to the base of Mr Feather’s brain and his spinal chord, resulting in fatal haemorrhaging.
During proceedings it emerged McLean had previously been jailed for 15 months in June 2011 over an incident of violent disorder at a house party in Huddersfield.
The court heard McLean was given an indication by another judge at an earlier hearing that he would still receive full credit for a guilty plea if it was entered at an adjourned preliminary hearing.
McLean did plead guilty at that stage and Mr Justice Globe said he had to honour the indication.