A dad whose son was killed in a one-punch attack has insisted remorseless killers should be caged for 15 years.
Graham Tobin, 41, was at a house in Monaghan last October where a group of people were watching Conor McGregor’s fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Thug Francis Hughes suddenly launched an unprovoked attack and the father of four died 11 days later.
The 27-year-old killer, who had 74 previous convictions, was jailed for eight years in June for the manslaughter.
Graham’s dad Noel, from Finglas, North Dublin, demanded far stiffer sentences for criminals like Hughes.
He continued: “It should definitely [be 15 years]. There’s no deterrent; they know they’re going to get away with it and you hear of killings and murders every day now and some body being found somewhere.
“And they get treated with kid gloves.”
Hughes, from Castleblayney, Co Monaghan, eventually admitted the 6am attack.
Mr Tobin said: “He was on bail and supposed to be on curfew. He shouldn’t have been out on the street at all.
“Graham was in the bar having a few drinks and this fella came over and asked him if he wanted to join them to watch the McGregor fight.
“He was talking to someone at the party and all of a sudden this fella [Hughes] just gave him a box.
“Graham didn’t even see him coming and he hit his head. Then, [Hughes] wouldn’t let them call an ambulance and then he wanted to put him in the boot of a car and dump him somewhere.
“He taped up the windows on the house so no one could see in.
“The doctor told us in the hospital, ‘We don’t do miracles’ when Graham was in there.
“[Hughes] went up to the North first and then he must have been advised and he went into the Garda station to give himself but he had his solicitor with him.
“So he was playing the system. There’s no remorse whatsoever. And then the judge gave him 10 years, two years suspended for giving himself up and for being a good boy in custody; he couldn’t be anything else.”
The grandad said his son, whose four kids are aged between three and 12, was never in trouble in his life and worked hard to provide for his family.
He added: “He would have been down here regularly and he’d have the kids here with him. Everybody was [devastated] by the verdict, the entire family. You’ll never get over it.
“He was very close to the kids [Noah, Zack, Jake and Alex] and I know they all miss him terribly and the youngest still asks for his dad.”
Mr Tobin lives with his wife Madge and their daughter Jennifer, who is in her mid-30s and a wheelchair user.
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Source: Celebrity News Ireland