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Wednesday, 1 May, 2002, 15:26 GMT 16:26 UK
Disc jockey jailed over killing
The Balmoral paddle steamer
Robert Lock admitted killing Mr Cager at the party
A Bristol man has been jailed for four years for killing the boatswain of the pleasure steamer Balmoral during a party in the city docks.

Robert Lock, 38, from Henbury, admitted the manslaughter of Tony Cager.

Bristol Crown Court heard that Mr Cager and his wife, Pat, were on board the ship to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary.

Lock had been hired as the disc jockey for the evening in October 2001.

'Terrible grief'

The attack happened when Lock became drunk, and, after being ejected from the ship, kicked 53-year-old Mr Cager in the head, causing a fatal brain haemorrhage.

Jailing Lock for a further four months for assaulting a policeman who had arrested him, the judge said the offence had caused terrible grief to Mr Cager's family.

The court was told of 32 previous convictions.

Outside court Mr Cager's wife Patricia, from Plymouth, spoke of her disappointment at the length of the sentence.

"All that person has got was four years. Where's the justice in this country?" she said.

"I have lost a loving husband, my children have lost a loving father.

"He was lovely - he did nothing to deserve this."

Mr Cager's ashes will be scattered at sea from the Balmoral in August and a new wheel dedicated to his honour.


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