Family petition calls for justice

Daniel Skelton
Daniel Skelton

The family of a Bellshill man have started a petition calling for his killer to receive a longer jail sentence.

Earlier this month Daniel McGuire was sentenced to four and a half years in prison after admitting culpable homicide following the death of Daniel Skelton in Dumfries.

Mr Skelton was on a night out when he was assaulted by McGuire on August 1, a single punch floored the father of four with such force he smashed his head off the pavement.

He was transferred to the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh where he underwent an emergency operation for a blood clot on his brain and placed on a life support machine, but a CT scan on August 6 revealed he was brain dead.

McGuire also pled guilty to assaulting two other men on the same night, including Mr Skelton’s friend Gary Wilson.

At the High Court in Edinburgh, Lord Bannatyne sentenced McGuire to four and a half years in prison with a further four years supervision after his release.

Mr Skelton’s family believe justice wasn’t served and are looking for 5,000 signatures on a petition asking Edinburgh East MP Tommy Sheppard to help in appealing the case.

So far over 3,000 people have signed the Justice for Daniel Skelton petition at

A statement from the family said: “Daniel Skelton’s life was snatched away from him after an unprovoked attack by Daniel McGuire.

“He was a kind and caring family man with four young children, who are now grieving over the loss of their much beloved dad.

“Daniel McGuire was only sentenced to four years in prison, is this justice?

“We ask everyone to please sign the petition to help us get justice as four years is not worth Daniel’s life.

“We also hope other families affected and torn apart by murder will stand up for justice!

“Please help us in our #justicefordanielskelton and give our family the peace of mind which we so deeply need.”