The sister of Michael Green has called for more to be done to educate youngsters about the consequences of violence following the trial and acquittal of four teenagers accused of murdering her brother who died from head injuries in a Peterborough subway.
They were cleared after the court heard they acted in self defence during an altercation.
The sister of a man found dead in a city underpass has spoken of her shock over his death after four teenagers were cleared of killing him, saying ‘no-one has won’ following the verdict.
Lorraine Addy, sister of Michael Green, has now called for more to be done to teach youngsters about the dangers of violence following the case which outlined an altercation between the dead man and the teenagers.
Michael was found dead in the underpass at Tyesdale in Bretton on May 28 last year.
Last week three boys and a girl were found not guilty of his murder after a trial at Cambridge Crown Court.
The four youths, all aged 17 apart from one 16-year-old boy, were also found not guilty of causing grievous bodily harm.
None of the group can be identified because of their ages.
The 17-year-old girl was also found not guilty of perverting the course of justice.
The trial heard the four youths had acted in self defence during a scuffle in the underpass. Michael died later of head injuries.
Lorraine, of Deeping St James, said she thought Michael’s death would stay with the youngsters and their families for the rest of their lives.
She said: “It is my belief that as they grow older and experience bereavements and other types of sadness in their own lives, these four teenagers will find that the feelings they will experience will be a life sentence in itself, not just for them but for their families too.
“Nobody has won.”
Lorraine is now calling for more to be done in schools to teach teenagers about the dangers of violence.
She said: “I would like children to learn about the consequences of violence.
“I would like children to understand how the criminal justice system works, and that some job roles e.g teaching will not allow people with criminal records to work for them.”
To help make her point, Lorraine has started a petition online, calling for the government to put the topic of violence on the curriculum for all secondary school pupils in the country.
So far the petition has gathered 80 signatures.
Following the verdicts, Michael’s mum, Barbara paid tribute to her son with a poem and a statement telling of the hurt the whole family was feeling after Michael’s death.
Paying tribute to her brother, Lorraine said: “Michael was a very kind person.
“He often looked after his elder brother who has learning difficulties and needs twenty four hour care.
“Michael loved swimming, walking and getting out and about.
“He was very sociable and he loved to get his friends together for a barbeque in good weather. He loved to make people laugh.
“He loved video games and he made videos which he shared on Youtube.
“One of his videos (Gigi D’Agnostino’s Stand by Me) has over 80,000 views. His gaming name was Mikal King Beech and his Youtube page is Mikal Green.”
A spokesman for Cambridgeshire police said the case remained open, and would now be reviewed. He said detectives were not looking for anyone else in relation to the inquiry.
A file will also prepared to be handed over to the Peterborough Coroner in February.
An inquest was opened and adjourned last year, which revealed Michael died from bleeding on the brain, caused by an impact to the face,
The inquest was adjourned to allow the criminal trial to take place - but now not guilty verdicts have been recorded the inquest could be reopened by the coroner.
A decision is expected to take place in February.
Joshua Gibson (23), of Swale Avenue, Gunthorpe, who pleaded guilty to assisting an offender at a previous hearing, will be sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court at a date to be confirmed.
To sign Lorraine’s petition, visit epetitions.direct.gov.uk.
Law society chief speaks of complex nature of case
Andy Cave, director at Peterborough firm Hunts and Coombs solicitors, who worked on the case, as well as being the president of the Peterborough and Districts Law Society, said the case had been a complex one to work on.
Mr Cave said: “In this case there were multiple defendants, each alleged to play different parts in the incident.
“The defendants put forward differing defences to the involvement they had.
“The cause of death, number of persons involved, nature of the ages of witnesses all added to the complexity of the case.
“With all cases, it is made clear to a jury that the charges have to be proved against each individual on trial, beyond reasonable doubt.
“When a jury is unsure what actually occurred factually leading to a incident, it makes it very hard to convict someone.”
Mr Cave also backed work to educate youngsters in general about the consequences of violenincidents.
He said: “Most young people do not realise what the consequences of their actions might be at the time of a incident and the seriousness of a situation when the police become involved.
“As President of Peterborough and Districts Law Society, I would support all educational work undertaken to promote awareness of the consequence of a persons actions and the serious life changing effects being involved in violence can have on victims and defendants alike.”