The family of a farmer who was run down and killed as he tried to stop two gipsy brothers stealing his Land Rover yesterday demanded to know why one of them had been let out of prison early following a spate of identical crimes.
Mr Boffey's brother, Roy, 67, said: "The fact that one of them was on licence when they did this to Michael just sums up what is wrong with this country.
"It's what happens if you are soft on these people - they harm ordinary law-abiding citizens."
.... Yesterday it emerged that Squires and his brother Fred, 24, who had dropped him off at the farm, had made a career out of stealing from farms.
Both were jailed in 2003 for a robbery in which Ashley Squires drove a van at a farmer. His brother got two years and he was sentenced to three and a half years.
But Ashley Squires's release on licence after 19 months meant he was free to kill Mr Boffey...
Noticing the keys in the ignition of Mr Boffey's Land Rover, they parked nearby before Ashley Squires walked back to steal the car.
He attempted to run down Christine Russell, a farm worker, before hitting Mr Boffey, a father of three.
Ashley Squires admitted manslaughter and his brother admitted conspiracy to steal and assisting an offender. The pair, who have no fixed address, will be sentenced on Monday.
Yesterday their grandmother, Lena, said they were "good boys". She said Mr Boffey's death "was just one of those things".
Sounds like a murder and two attempted murders to me, but hey what do I know? 19 months for the previous attempted murder so what will he get for this "manslaughter"?