Southampton law student charged with manslaughter

This is following the death of a father in February this year

Second-year Southampton Law student, Ryan Cooper, has been charged with manslaughter following an assault on a father on Valentine’s day this year.

49-year-old Garry Stacey – known as “Jeff” – was found by a bus driver in the early hours of 14th February this year, lying in the middle of a street with severe head injuries. He was flown to Southampton General Hospital.

He is thought to have been attacked at around 4am. Cooper was originally charged with causing grievous bodily harm (GBH), but was released without charge.

Garry ‘Jeff’ Stacey

The father of ten later died in hospital after his family chose to switch off his life support. Following Stacey’s death, Cooper was arrested on suspicion of murder. He will now face charges of manslaughter.

The 21-year-old law student has been released on bail and is due in court on the 1st July 2016.