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Retrial call after 'fresh evidence' emerges in death of Connor Saunders

The Argus: Connor Saunders Connor Saunders

A father whose son was killed in a street fight is hopeful the case will return to court for a retrial.

Shaun Saunders told The Argus that “fresh and compelling evidence” from eye witnesses had come to light surrounding an altercation in Rottingdean’s West Street in April 2012 which led to the death of his 19- year-old son Connor.

In November 2012 the 14-year-old boy who fatally punched the promising footballer was cleared of manslaughter after a jury accepted a plea of self-defence.

The family have taken their retrial bid to Parliament, meeting MPs and the head of the Crown Prosecution Service earlier this month, and said they received encouraging news.

Mr Saunders said: “Since the verdict as a family we have not been happy with how the trial went, we felt it was a farce, and a year-and-a-half on we are fighting for a retrial andwewill continue to do that until it happens.

“We have fresh and compelling evidence and on those groundswe will be pressing for a retrial.

“We have been told it will be a long haul, we are not going to get them in court next week or next month or even next year.

“We just want somebody to be held accountable for Connor’s death.”

A foundation set up in memory of the Woodingdean teenager has raised thousands of pounds and handed out life-saving defibrillators to ten football clubs in the region.

Next month will see the launch of a new fundraising campaign to mark what would have been Connor’s 21st birthday with 21 events held over the year, including a 21 hour footballmatch, 21 head shaves and 21 people in a 21-mile walk.

A Las Vegas casino-themed night, to mark how Connor had hoped to spend his 21st birthday, will be held at Peacehaven and Telscombe Football Club on March 22, three days before his birthday.

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12:17pm Sat 22 Feb 14

hubby says...

Hopefully justice will eventually be done.
Hopefully justice will eventually be done. hubby
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11:31pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Dunk 2 blame says...

About time.Lets hope they get some justice this time.
About time.Lets hope they get some justice this time. Dunk 2 blame
  • Score: -11

11:53pm Sat 22 Feb 14

mick green says...

Bigger boy start fight with smaller boy gets battered family cry foul.
Bigger boy start fight with smaller boy gets battered family cry foul. mick green
  • Score: 3

12:33am Sun 23 Feb 14

Morgyn the Mighty says...

“We just want somebody to be held accountable for Connor’s death.”

Just somebody - anybody will do - it doesn't matter whether they actually were responsible.
“We just want somebody to be held accountable for Connor’s death.” Just somebody - anybody will do - it doesn't matter whether they actually were responsible. Morgyn the Mighty
  • Score: 21

12:44am Sun 23 Feb 14

JasmineNPA says...

Morgyn the Mighty wrote:
“We just want somebody to be held accountable for Connor’s death.”

Just somebody - anybody will do - it doesn't matter whether they actually were responsible.
@mick green & @morgyn the mighty
Are you **** serious!!!! Connor did nothing that night! He was killed by a heartless 14 year old boy who should know better! My partner was mates with connor and connor wouldnt even hurt a fly! He was loving and kind. Do you really think his parents want to see stupid comments made by yourself because your at home bored??? Think before you type! IDIOTS
[quote][p][bold]Morgyn the Mighty[/bold] wrote: “We just want somebody to be held accountable for Connor’s death.” Just somebody - anybody will do - it doesn't matter whether they actually were responsible.[/p][/quote]@mick green & @morgyn the mighty Are you **** serious!!!! Connor did nothing that night! He was killed by a heartless 14 year old boy who should know better! My partner was mates with connor and connor wouldnt even hurt a fly! He was loving and kind. Do you really think his parents want to see stupid comments made by yourself because your at home bored??? Think before you type! IDIOTS JasmineNPA
  • Score: -7

12:44am Sun 23 Feb 14

JasmineNPA says...

mick green wrote:
Bigger boy start fight with smaller boy gets battered family cry foul.
@mick green & @morgyn the mighty
Are you **** serious!!!! Connor did nothing that night! He was killed by a heartless 14 year old boy who should know better! My partner was mates with connor and connor wouldnt even hurt a fly! He was loving and kind. Do you really think his parents want to see stupid comments made by yourself because your at home bored??? Think before you type! IDIOTS
[quote][p][bold]mick green[/bold] wrote: Bigger boy start fight with smaller boy gets battered family cry foul.[/p][/quote]@mick green & @morgyn the mighty Are you **** serious!!!! Connor did nothing that night! He was killed by a heartless 14 year old boy who should know better! My partner was mates with connor and connor wouldnt even hurt a fly! He was loving and kind. Do you really think his parents want to see stupid comments made by yourself because your at home bored??? Think before you type! IDIOTS JasmineNPA
  • Score: -10

1:00am Sun 23 Feb 14

just-a-person says...

JasmineNPA wrote:
Morgyn the Mighty wrote:
“We just want somebody to be held accountable for Connor’s death.”

Just somebody - anybody will do - it doesn't matter whether they actually were responsible.
@mick green & @morgyn the mighty
Are you **** serious!!!! Connor did nothing that night! He was killed by a heartless 14 year old boy who should know better! My partner was mates with connor and connor wouldnt even hurt a fly! He was loving and kind. Do you really think his parents want to see stupid comments made by yourself because your at home bored??? Think before you type! IDIOTS
Connor did nothing that night! So are you saying other nights he did ?? Is your partner one of his friends involved in other incidents like this ?? The jury gave there verdict, justice was done.
The Argus are fully aware this topic gets heated so should not allow comments.
[quote][p][bold]JasmineNPA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Morgyn the Mighty[/bold] wrote: “We just want somebody to be held accountable for Connor’s death.” Just somebody - anybody will do - it doesn't matter whether they actually were responsible.[/p][/quote]@mick green & @morgyn the mighty Are you **** serious!!!! Connor did nothing that night! He was killed by a heartless 14 year old boy who should know better! My partner was mates with connor and connor wouldnt even hurt a fly! He was loving and kind. Do you really think his parents want to see stupid comments made by yourself because your at home bored??? Think before you type! IDIOTS[/p][/quote]Connor did nothing that night! So are you saying other nights he did ?? Is your partner one of his friends involved in other incidents like this ?? The jury gave there verdict, justice was done. The Argus are fully aware this topic gets heated so should not allow comments. just-a-person
  • Score: 18

8:39am Sun 23 Feb 14

All 9 of me says...

JasmineNPA wrote:
Morgyn the Mighty wrote:
“We just want somebody to be held accountable for Connor’s death.”

Just somebody - anybody will do - it doesn't matter whether they actually were responsible.
@mick green & @morgyn the mighty
Are you **** serious!!!! Connor did nothing that night! He was killed by a heartless 14 year old boy who should know better! My partner was mates with connor and connor wouldnt even hurt a fly! He was loving and kind. Do you really think his parents want to see stupid comments made by yourself because your at home bored??? Think before you type! IDIOTS
somebody doesn't like the truth ....
[quote][p][bold]JasmineNPA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Morgyn the Mighty[/bold] wrote: “We just want somebody to be held accountable for Connor’s death.” Just somebody - anybody will do - it doesn't matter whether they actually were responsible.[/p][/quote]@mick green & @morgyn the mighty Are you **** serious!!!! Connor did nothing that night! He was killed by a heartless 14 year old boy who should know better! My partner was mates with connor and connor wouldnt even hurt a fly! He was loving and kind. Do you really think his parents want to see stupid comments made by yourself because your at home bored??? Think before you type! IDIOTS[/p][/quote]somebody doesn't like the truth .... All 9 of me
  • Score: 19

9:52am Sun 23 Feb 14

somethingsarejustarse says...

JasmineNPA wrote:
Morgyn the Mighty wrote:
“We just want somebody to be held accountable for Connor’s death.”

Just somebody - anybody will do - it doesn't matter whether they actually were responsible.
@mick green & @morgyn the mighty
Are you **** serious!!!! Connor did nothing that night! He was killed by a heartless 14 year old boy who should know better! My partner was mates with connor and connor wouldnt even hurt a fly! He was loving and kind. Do you really think his parents want to see stupid comments made by yourself because your at home bored??? Think before you type! IDIOTS
Sorry, but you're kidding yourself. The evidence was clear that Connor started it, and that he was well known for having a few and mouthing off in a similar fashion on a regular basis. Hard for the family to take, but facts are facts.
[quote][p][bold]JasmineNPA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Morgyn the Mighty[/bold] wrote: “We just want somebody to be held accountable for Connor’s death.” Just somebody - anybody will do - it doesn't matter whether they actually were responsible.[/p][/quote]@mick green & @morgyn the mighty Are you **** serious!!!! Connor did nothing that night! He was killed by a heartless 14 year old boy who should know better! My partner was mates with connor and connor wouldnt even hurt a fly! He was loving and kind. Do you really think his parents want to see stupid comments made by yourself because your at home bored??? Think before you type! IDIOTS[/p][/quote]Sorry, but you're kidding yourself. The evidence was clear that Connor started it, and that he was well known for having a few and mouthing off in a similar fashion on a regular basis. Hard for the family to take, but facts are facts. somethingsarejustarse
  • Score: 25

10:50am Sun 23 Feb 14

hubby says...

So it's ok to go around killing everybody who mouths off after a few drinks?
It would be carnage!
It's kicks and punches that do damage.Not verbals.
So it's ok to go around killing everybody who mouths off after a few drinks? It would be carnage! It's kicks and punches that do damage.Not verbals. hubby
  • Score: -9

2:25pm Sun 23 Feb 14

just-a-person says...

hubby wrote:
So it's ok to go around killing everybody who mouths off after a few drinks?
It would be carnage!
It's kicks and punches that do damage.Not verbals.
No it is not ok but it is not ok either to go round threatening people with bottles nor was it just verbal all of the time.
[quote][p][bold]hubby[/bold] wrote: So it's ok to go around killing everybody who mouths off after a few drinks? It would be carnage! It's kicks and punches that do damage.Not verbals.[/p][/quote]No it is not ok but it is not ok either to go round threatening people with bottles nor was it just verbal all of the time. just-a-person
  • Score: 20

11:27pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Cave Johnson says...

JasmineNPA wrote:
Morgyn the Mighty wrote:
“We just want somebody to be held accountable for Connor’s death.”

Just somebody - anybody will do - it doesn't matter whether they actually were responsible.
@mick green & @morgyn the mighty
Are you **** serious!!!! Connor did nothing that night! He was killed by a heartless 14 year old boy who should know better! My partner was mates with connor and connor wouldnt even hurt a fly! He was loving and kind. Do you really think his parents want to see stupid comments made by yourself because your at home bored??? Think before you type! IDIOTS
Funny because it was widely reported he was a bully. Add to the fact he was drunk and threatened a younger and smaller boy and you realise that justice WAS done.
[quote][p][bold]JasmineNPA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Morgyn the Mighty[/bold] wrote: “We just want somebody to be held accountable for Connor’s death.” Just somebody - anybody will do - it doesn't matter whether they actually were responsible.[/p][/quote]@mick green & @morgyn the mighty Are you **** serious!!!! Connor did nothing that night! He was killed by a heartless 14 year old boy who should know better! My partner was mates with connor and connor wouldnt even hurt a fly! He was loving and kind. Do you really think his parents want to see stupid comments made by yourself because your at home bored??? Think before you type! IDIOTS[/p][/quote]Funny because it was widely reported he was a bully. Add to the fact he was drunk and threatened a younger and smaller boy and you realise that justice WAS done. Cave Johnson
  • Score: 13

12:44pm Mon 24 Feb 14

tom servo says...

Would Neil Vowles or a representative from the Argus care to explain why they have allowed comments on this story. I'm sure we would all love to hear why you think that is appropriate?
Would Neil Vowles or a representative from the Argus care to explain why they have allowed comments on this story. I'm sure we would all love to hear why you think that is appropriate? tom servo
  • Score: -4

12:46pm Mon 24 Feb 14

beano mcbean says...

It seems strange that in the area he lived he was well thought of if he was as unpleasant as some have claimed. It would appear that some people are trying to discredit him to ensure that the killer does not pay for Connor's death
It seems strange that in the area he lived he was well thought of if he was as unpleasant as some have claimed. It would appear that some people are trying to discredit him to ensure that the killer does not pay for Connor's death beano mcbean
  • Score: -7

1:07am Tue 25 Feb 14

just-a-person says...

beano mcbean wrote:
It seems strange that in the area he lived he was well thought of if he was as unpleasant as some have claimed. It would appear that some people are trying to discredit him to ensure that the killer does not pay for Connor's death
Not on your own doorstep springs to mind
[quote][p][bold]beano mcbean[/bold] wrote: It seems strange that in the area he lived he was well thought of if he was as unpleasant as some have claimed. It would appear that some people are trying to discredit him to ensure that the killer does not pay for Connor's death[/p][/quote]Not on your own doorstep springs to mind just-a-person
  • Score: 0

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