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Jagdip Randhawa death: Anger over killer's boxing return

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Image caption Jagdip Randhawa's sister said her family was "broken beyond repair"

The family of a student who died when a boxer punched him on a night out have slammed his killer for "honing his skills" after learning he is back in the ring.

Jagdip Randhawa died after being hit by Clifton Ty Mitchell in Leeds in 2011. He suffered a serious brain injury.

His family said Mitchell's "fists are weapons" as they found out he is now fighting in white collar bouts.

Mitchell's father said "he has served his time".

Mitchell, who declined to comment, was jailed for seven years in 2012 for the manslaughter of the University of Leeds student and later released on licence until December 2021.

A report found he had breached bail conditions for a previous violent offence 24 times in the five months before the attack, but no action was taken.

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Image caption Mr Randhawa's family said Mitchell had been promoting himself as a boxer since he left prison

Mr Randhawa's sister Majinder Randhawa said: "We are concerned that he is honing these skills again and he will go and hurt somebody again and this is all preventable," she said.

"Why on earth would we let him walk around on the street with these skills when he doesn't have the control that goes with being a boxer?"

The British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC), which regulates professional boxing, said Mitchell had been denied a licence a number of times since he was released from prison.

However, posts on social media showed he was fighting in bouts organised by the European Boxing Federation (EBF), promoted by Ashton Promotions, with the last one taking place on Saturday at Derby County Football Club.

BBBofC general secretary Robert Smith said the EBF and Ashton Promotions were not regulated by the board, and it was therefore an unlicensed promoter and unlicensed event.

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Image caption Mitchell's father, Clifton Mitchell, said his son "deserves a second chance"

Ms Randhawa said her family had asked the probation service, which is monitoring Mitchell, from Derby, while he is on licence, about his boxing activities but had not received a response.

She said: "Why would you not mitigate the risk to the public if you can?

"We don't want this to happen to another family. We are never going to get over this."

The probation service would not confirm when Mitchell was released from jail, but Mr Randhawa's family believe he served about three years.

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Image caption Mr Randhawa was admitted to hospital with a serious brain injury after he was punched

An inquest in 2016 found Mr Randhawa, from London, was placed on a faulty ventilator. A jury concluded the punches to his head and the treatment in hospital had caused his death.

Mitchell's father, Clifton Mitchell, who runs One Nation Boxing Gym in Derby, said: "We can't bring him back. My son has to live with this for the rest of his life.

"He is trying to turn his life around and people are trying to put obstacles in his way.

"He deserves a second chance. He has served his time - let him live."

Both the EBF and Ashton Promotions were unavailable for comment when contacted by the BBC.

A National Probation Service spokeswoman said: "Public protection is our priority and offenders on licence are subject to supervision and strict conditions. Those who fail to comply face return to prison."

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