Cumbria

David Morgan death: pair jailed over Barrow assault

Stephen Falle
Image caption Stephen Falle had originally been charged with murder

Two men have been jailed over the death a Cumbrian father of one.

David Morgan, 28, from Barrow, died in the Royal Preston Hospital after being assaulted in the Church Street area of Barrow in June.

Stephen Falle, 32, of Ramsden Street, Barrow, had been charged with murder, but admitted the lesser charge of manslaughter at Preston Crown Court. He was jailed for three years.

Craig Mansell, 28, from Walney, who had also been charged with murder, admitted affray and was jailed for a year.

Chloe Baynes, 27, also from Walney, admitted perverting the course of justice and was given a four month jail sentence suspended for a year and a 12-month community order.

'Quiet dignity'

The court heard Mr Morgan had been the victim of a "cowardly and vicious attack" after trying to end a confrontation between a group of people in Church Street in the early hours of 18 June.

After the hearing, Det Ch Insp Bob Qazi of Cumbria Police, said: "David was in no way to blame for the unprovoked attack upon him and was in fact, acting as the peace keeper in an altercation between other people in the area at the time.

"David came from a very close family who have all been deeply affected by his death. But I would like to take this opportunity to show them my personal gratitude for the quiet dignity they have shown throughout this difficult investigation.

"David was a much loved father, son, brother, uncle and cousin and also a good friend to many people in the town. He was known for his placid and generous nature and is sorely missed by all who knew him."

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