A partygoer who killed a vulnerable teenager by setting fire to his genitals at his 18th birthday party has avoided having his three-and-a-half year sentence increased by top judges.
Autistic and gay Steven Simpson, from Barnsley, died after suffering serious burns when a naked flame was put to his tanning oil-soaked groin during his party last June.
Jordan Sheard, 20, of Darfield Road, Cudworth, Barnsley, admitted striking the lighter and was locked up for three-and-a-half years for manslaughter at Sheffield Crown Court in March.
Last month, the case was back in court in London on a reference by the country’s top law officer, the Attorney General Dominic Grieve QC, on the basis the sentence was ‘unduly lenient’.
But, after taking several weeks to consider the case, Lady Justice Rafferty said that, whether Sheard’s sentence was too light or not, it would not be fair to him to change it now.
“It would not be fair or right to penalise him at this stage,” she said.