Belfast Telegraph

Killer Foster fails in his attempt to reduce jail sentence

By Alan Erwin

A man who battered his former Irish League footballer cousin to death has failed in a bid to have his jail sentence reduced.

The Court of Appeal rejected claims that the seven-year term imposed on John Stanley Foster for the manslaughter of David Mills was manifestly excessive.

Although lawyers for the 32-year-old argued that he had acted in self-defence, senior judges pointed out that he landed up to 12 blows to the victim's head as he lay helpless on the ground.

Lord Justice Coghlin said: "Substantial sentences are required to deter individuals from this type of wanton violence and to remind them that if their actions go beyond what they in their drunken condition intended they must face the consequences."

Mr Mills (47) died from multiple injuries inflicted during a fight with Foster in Ballynahinch on September 30, 2012. Foster, formerly of Corrigs Road in Newcastle, had been on trial for murder - but proceedings were halted when he pleaded guilty to manslaughter. He received a seven-year term with half of that to be served in prison.

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