Justice for Shaun Woodburn campaign gets backing from MSP

Former Bonnyrigg Rose player Shaun Woodburn
Former Bonnyrigg Rose player Shaun Woodburn
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A CAMPAIGN demanding a tougher sentence for the killer of footballer Shaun Woodburn was given a boost tonight

MSP Ben Macpherson has written to the Crown and Scottish Government after meeting with Shaun’s mum Denise Syme.

Nearly 70,000 people have now signed the #JusticeforShaun petition set-up by his dad Kevin.

“This evening I met with the mother of Shaun Woodburn,” Mr Macpherson tweeted. “I believe that the sentence given in this case was too lenient.

“I have now written to @COPFS & @ScotGovJustice. I have also signed the petition and would encourage others to do so too. #JusticeforShaun.”

The petition was launched amid outrage after a 17-year-old, who cannot be named, was sentenced to four years for Shaun’s culpable homicide.

Shaun died after being punched by the teenager outside Gladstones bar in Leith in the early hours of News Year’s Day.

The thug was a member of a gang who went on a violent rampage across the city on Hogmanay.

Denise said: “Things seem to be moving in the right direction.

“So pleased that Ben MacPherson MSP has signed the petition and written to Lord Advocate and minister of Justice.

“Thanks to everyone for your continued support. Hopefully we will see justice for Shaun.”