Family of David Walsh slam sentences given to his killers as ‘a disgrace’

David Walsh, pictured with wife Trisha
David Walsh, pictured with wife Trisha
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The family of murdered Wearside dad David Walsh say that the sentences handed to his killers are “a disgrace”.

Three men will serve a collective total of 45 years for the horrific killing of the 45-year-old in Hendon on November 20 last year.

“Those three killed my brother and they have only got 45 years between them.”

Billy Walsh

Dad-of-four Mr Walsh suffered more than 30 stab wounds when he was attacked in a back lane in Fuller Road.

The devoted family man had gone to theaid of his youngest son David when he was set upon.

Raymond Brown, 37, of Canon Cockin Street, Sunderland, was sentenced to life for the murder of Mr Walsh and told he must serve a minimum of 26 years.

Brown had initially pleaded not guilty to the murder charge but changed his plea three days into the trial at Newcastle Crown Court.

Charles Lamont, 40, of Villette Road in the city also got a life term for being found guilty of murder despite pleading not guilty and will be behind bars for at least 13 years.

Lamont’s son, 19-year-old Dalton Barnett, of Fuller Road, Sunderland, who used a baseball bat during the violence, was jailed for six years for his part in the killing.

He was cleared of murder and violent disorder but convicted of manslaughter.

He will serve his time in a young offenders’ facility.

Speaking after the sentences were handed out, Mr Walsh’s brother Billy, 55, who has sat through all of the five-week trial said the sentences were “too lenient”.

“It’s a disgrace,” he said.

“Those three killed my brother and they have only got 45 years between them.”

Mr Walsh added that the length of sentences given to Lamont and Barnett did not go far enough.

“I don’t think Brown or Lamont have got anywhere near what they should have done,” he said.

“I think Lamont should have got 20 years and Dalton Barnett should have got 15 years. 
“What they got is too lenient.

“Barnett has taken a man’s life and he is only having to serve six years. It’s no deterrent.

“I can’t believe it.”

Detectives praised the Hendon community for assisting in bringing Mr Walsh’s killers to justice.

Detective sergeant Dave Hirst, of Northumbria Police’s Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: “David Walsh was a hardworking family man and his death has left his wife and family devastated and the people of Hendon shocked.

“I would like to thank Mr Walsh’s family and the community in Hendon in helping to bring these men to justice and hope the family can now start to rebuild their lives.

“We have never been able to establish a real motive for this incident other than these men causing serious and unnecessary harm.

“The past five weeks has been a difficult time for Mr Walsh’s family as they have waited to see justice done and I believe it has been.”