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22 August 2017

Wife of cop killed on Christmas night out slams decision to allow his killers on home visits after just two years

THE wife of a policeman killed on a Christmas night out with colleagues has reportedly slammed a decision to allow his killers out on home visits just two years into their prison sentence.

PC Neil Doyle, 36, was left dying in the gutter after a “pile-driver” blow while off-duty in Liverpool city centre.

Sarah Doyle, pictured here attending the trial of her husband's killer, says she feels like she is 'living more of a long term sentence'
Sarah Doyle, pictured here attending the trial of her husband’s killer, says she feels like she is ‘living more of a long term sentence’
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A court heard Andrew Taylor and Timmy Donovan went “out of their way” to get into a fight with three off-duty policemen at 3am on December 19.

They were sentenced to seven years and six months and six years and 10 months respectively after being found guilty of manslaughter by joint enterprise.

But now PC Doyle’s widow, Sarah, says the Probation Service has sent her a letter regarding changes to Donovan and Taylor’s prison arrangements, the Liverpool Echo reports.

Sarah told the paper: “Donovan is currently on unescorted home visits, and Taylor is just about to start escorted visits – it’s not even three years it happened, and they’re already on their way out.

“I’m living more of a sentence than they are.”

The Ministry of Justice confirmed to the Liverpool Echo “all offenders must meet strict criteria and pass a full risk assessment before being considered for release on temporary licence”.

The off-duty policeman who was punched and killed during a Christmas night out
The off-duty policeman who was punched and killed during a Christmas night out
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Andrew Taylor was sentenced to seven years and six months
Andrew Taylor was sentenced to seven years and six months
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Timmy Donovan was caged for six years and 10 months
Timmy Donovan was caged for six years and 10 months
Merseyside Police

 


In a statement to the newspaper it said that “release on temporary licence is considered for offenders towards the end of their sentence, taking into account their individual resettlement needs.”

It added: “It helps build and maintain family ties, which is proven to stop re-offending.

“Those who fail to comply with the conditions of a release on temporary licence can be returned to closed prisons where they may have to serve additional time.

“Sentencing is a matter for the independent judiciary.”


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