Dad’s anguish over son’s killer release

Jailed for manslaughter - Drew McGrail
Jailed for manslaughter - Drew McGrail
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THE devastated father of a teenager who drowned in a Wigan pit three years ago has spoken of his anger that his killer will be released in a few months.

As this year marks the third anniversary of Dylan Aaron’s death, Sean Aaron is disgusted that Drew McGrail, who was convicted of manslaughter, is to be released in December.

Dylan, 17, of Hindley, was thrown into the town’s Deep Pit fishing pond during a confrontation between several men in the early hours of May 30, 2010.

McGrail, 28, of Lancaster Road, Hindley, was charged, along with his brother David, with Dylan’s murder.

Both brothers were found not guilty of murder and David McGrail was also acquitted of assaulting another man and was discharged from the dock.

Drew McGrail, who pushed his victim into the water, hurled abuse at him and ordered witnesses not to let the former Hindley High School pupil out of the freezing water, was found guilty of the alternative charge of manslaughter and sentenced to seven years in prison.

But after just three-and-a-half years inside – which includes one year on remand – McGrail will be let out.

Mr Aaron, 45, of Hindley, said: “It is doing my head in that he will be released so soon.

“My son only died three years ago. It has turned my life upside down.

“I can’t explain how it feels losing my own son – he has been taken away by force and it is so unjust.

“There is no justice. His sentence has been reduced to three-and-a-half years from a total of seven.

“That does not act as a deterrent in my eyes – he has got away with it.”