‘Unduly lenient’ sentence of Connor Brown’s killer challenged at Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal has heard a bid to have one of Connor Brown’s killers sentences increased.

The Solicitor General, Rt Hon Michael Ellis QC, appealed the sentence of Ally Gordon, 20, who was convicted of manslaughter after assisting in the fatal attack on 19-year-old Connor Brown in Sunderland.

On Wednesday Mr Ellis personally argued at the Court of Appeal that Gordon’s sentence of three-and-a-half-year prison term had been unduly lenient.

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In February 2019, Gordon was involved in a street fight outside a Sunderland pub which led to the death of the promising young boxer.

Connor had been out with friends when they were approached in a busy alleyway by Gordon’s friend Leighton Barrass, 20, who got into an argument with the victim.

Trouble flared between Connor’s friend, Stephen Nunn, and Barrass after Barrass was said to have short-changed him after asking to swap a £10 note for two £5 notes.

Barrass returned armed with a spring-loaded knife and threatened to stab “any one” of the people in the alley.

Connor stepped forward to confront Barrass and punched him, but Barrass turned his knife on him and proceeded to stab him five times with a knife.

Gordon assisted in the attack by kicking and stamping on the victim. Emergency services were unable to save the teenager and he died later in hospital.

Jurors convicted Barrass of murder while Ally Gordon was cleared of murder but found guilty of manslaughter.

Gordon was convicted for manslaughter and for possessing a bladed weapon, and was originally sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court in December 2019.

The court will issue a reserved judgment at a later date.

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