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Shed death mother meets minister

L to R: David Lehane, Amanda Baggus and Scott Andrews
The trio repeatedly tortured Kevin Davies in the shed

The mother of a man who was imprisoned and tortured has met Justice Minister Michael Wills in a bid to get his captors' sentences lengthened.

Kevin Davies, 29, died after being kept locked in a shed for four months in Bream in the Forest of Dean.

Murder charges against three people were dropped, but they were jailed for assault and unlawful imprisonment.

The trio are expected to be released by 2011, which Mr Davies' mother Elizabeth James says is a travesty of justice.

"[I want] to get justice for my son," she said.

"I've got a death certificate at home which says Kevin was unlawfully killed, so somebody killed him."

Attorney General

On Wednesday, Mr Davies' parents and their local MP Mark Harper told Mr Wills that the government's early release policy had let him down.

"[Mr Wills] is going to write to the Attorney General," said Mr Harper.

"There are some opportunities perhaps to get the police to see if there is any new evidence at all that could be used to look at a new trial."

In July 2007, Amanda Baggus, David Lehane and Scott Andrews were sentenced to a total of 29 years for assault and unlawful imprisonment.

Murder charges were dropped because the police could not rule out Mr Davies had died as a result of epilepsy.

The Attorney General's office confirmed the three will be released in 2011. In February this year, a coroner ruled that Mr Davies had been unlawfully killed.




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