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Jail For Thurnscoe Man In Manslaughter Case

Thursday July 19 2012


Philip Alan Smith Philip Alan Smith


A MAN has been sentenced for manslaughter at Sheffield Crown Court today.

Gary McKeown, 37, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Philip Alan Smith and was sentenced to six years in prison.

Philip was found injured in Church Street, Thurnscoe, around 4.30pm on Saturday 28 January, after a disturbance near the junction with Houghton Road. He died from the stab injuries he sustained during the attack.

Detective Chief Inspector Tom Whiteley said: “This case resulted from problems in a close-knit community. There was a confrontation which escalated leading to a violent incident in which Philip Smith suffered multiple stab wounds.

“I would like to thank the community for their support in coming forward to help with the investigation.”

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Reply Posted by dawn on Thursday July 19 2012 at 14:30
my opinion 6 years is nothing..he shud have got life he took phills lifeand he gets 6yrs what a joke....

Reply Posted by lisa on Thursday July 19 2012 at 14:47
This justice system stinks .....he took Phils life he should get life

Reply Posted by shocked on Thursday July 19 2012 at 15:12
6 years(serve half) what a joke...........its a discrace

Reply Posted by chrissy on Thursday July 19 2012 at 15:26
men that mess with kids get more than this man got.He took a life,someones son,brother maybe a dad himself,friend,partner,where is the justice in this country,,,the mind boggles.

Reply Posted by elle on Thursday July 19 2012 at 15:27
6 years ,, i think he did quite well ... after all it was in his own home

Reply Posted by chrissy on Thursday July 19 2012 at 15:51
wether or not, in his own home dunt give him the right to take a life,you would not be saying that if it was your brother,partner or whichever ,its not enough.

Reply Posted by sam on Thursday July 19 2012 at 16:30
It is sad and unfortunate that a man lost his life but, in all honesty, how many of us can say that we would not do all in our power to protect our loved ones if someone, who was armed, forced their way into our homes and threatened them? I know I for one would gladly give up my freedom in order to protect those most precious to me. My thoughts go out to both families, they have both suffered

Reply Posted by Lucy on Thursday July 19 2012 at 20:04
It was my brothers life he took. My brother wasn't violent never had a record for any type of violence. How does 3 years in prison justify this? He never once showed any remorse for what he'd done either. The justice system stinks it's giving the wrong impression to the next generation they'l think it's ok to commit knife crime and get away scot free.

Reply Posted by doobydoo67 on Friday July 20 2012 at 09:25
Even if this young man had not tragically died, the person who did the stabbing should have got more just for the horrific injuries he had caused. Do the crime pay the time....This sentence is a joke and I don't even know the family

Reply Posted by me on Friday July 20 2012 at 10:27
u get longer for section 4 or 5 charges---hes committed a section 18 charge which wouldve given him a longer sentence which he cut his face aswell as stabbed 9 times---wounding with intent---he only addmitted to manslaughter as its a less time charge--is judge bias with his barrister as been known---cause why not charged because its not first time hes done this--slashing face as a trade mark acceptable by law these days then---im affraid ide be appealing--and ringing bank house in sheffield -barristers quarters--as the barrister didnt represent philip properly---self defense would have been 2 stabs at least--not 9----ide be asking more of the barrister as this is an injustice charge--it stated on bbc news last night at 5pm that murder n manslaughter charges were down in crime ratings---laughable--its down cause justice system doesnt charge em--gbh gets u longer sentence--ive noticed if they put their hand upto a charge then they get way way lower sentences--get a petition going and send it to downing st and see what response u get-promise u this way ude get somewhere--at same time appeal--

Reply Posted by me on Friday July 20 2012 at 10:28
lucy he will do 2yrs now love because the days on remand double so he will have done a yr already

Reply Posted by Kathy on Saturday July 21 2012 at 15:20
I feel so sad for both families - one for the father, brother, son, husband that they have lost and also for the family of the man in prison.

When things like this happen no one takes into account the damage done also to the wider family and community. Knife crime is something that has been with us a very longtime unfortunately it has escalated during recent years due to the gangland culture we have inherited from America.

2 years isn't long enough by far for taking someones life maliciously - self defence then that is a different matter - the sad thing is that one man died and the other has to live with this for the rest of his life.

Heartfelt wishes to the families xx

Reply Posted by Claire on Saturday July 21 2012 at 17:49
I thought that manslaughter was taking a life without intent. Now I would have said that stabbing a man several times would show intent to end a life.
The judge needs to be ashamed of himself for that sentence its showing others that walking around with a knife and stabbing someone carries no punishment.

Reply Posted by karl on Saturday July 21 2012 at 19:35
2 injustices in 1 week mcewan got six yrs ??he will be out on tag in 2yrs then there was the guy in london trying to get home in last yrs riots and was attacked on camera by a police officer an died the copper got off scot free then his police file was looked at hes done the same and worse to the public 4 times manslaughter should mean 25yrs and we should bring back hanging for murderers if the evidence is over welming mcewan should have got life

Reply Posted by KARL on Saturday July 21 2012 at 19:41
THE JUSTICE SYSTEM ONLY WORKS FOR THE PEOPLE WITH MONEY AND POWER the common people no one cares about justice or rights mcewan pleading guilty to man slaughter saves money ?? the trial had started on a murder charge the jury should have had the say if it was murder or manslaugher not a judge THE JURY WOULD HAVE FOUND HIM GUILTY OF MURDER

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