Campaigners Call For Change To Law After Stourbridge Nightclub Death

28 June 2018, 07:23

Ryan Passey

24 year-old Ryan Passey was stabbed to death at Chicago's nightclub in August 2017

A petition set up to change the law, to allow families to appeal a jury's verdict has got more than 15,000 signatures.

It's after the death fo 24-year-old Ryan Passey last summer.

A man admitted the stabbing in court, but was cleared of murder and manslaughter by a jury and allowed to walk free.

Jason Connon's a family friend of Ryan's and told Capital there needs to be some way to challenge that decision.

The campaign needs 100,000 signatures for a debate to go to parliament.

On the petition website, campaigners say:

"We invite the Prime Minister - Theresa May and the Home Secretary - Sajid Javid to change the current law to allow equal rights of appeal for both the prosecution and defence and to allow us appeal against the Jury's decision to a higher court

"At present the families of victims have no right of appeal against a perverse acquittal by a jury.

"It is currently not a fair or equal judicial system when a judge and jury can be held to be wrong when the accused has been convicted, but are infallible when the accused has been acquitted."