Shaun Woodburn's killer told he must serve full term after parole bid rejected

Mohammed Ibnomer was told he must serve out his full four-year sentence

The killer of Shaun Woodburn has been told he will have to serve the entirety of his four-year sentence after his third bid for parole was rejected.

Dad-of-one Shaun, 30, died after being felled by Mohammed Ibnomer, then 16, outside Gladstones pub in Leith in the early hours of January 1, 2017.

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The earliest his killer can now leave prison is January 1, 2021 as he is unable to apply for parole again, The Daily Record reports.

Shaun Woodburn was killed outside a pub in Edinburgh on Hogmanay 2017, he was aged just 30. Picture: Contributed

In November 2017, Ibnomer was given a four-sentence after he was convicted of Shaun’s culpable homicide. If he had been convicted of murder, Ibnomer would be serving a life sentence.

Kevin Woodburn, an Edinburgh private hire taxi driver, wrote a letter to the board in an attempt to keep Ibnomer in prison for his full sentence, fearing he has no remorse over Shaun’s death.

Mr Woodburn wrote at the start of the year: "I watched the arrogance, ignorance and immaturity he showed throughout the trial. I watched his complete lack of remorse and, indeed, his complete lack of emotion as evidence was detailed in the court.

Mohammed Ibnomer.

"I saw no evidence of any admission as to the severity of the crime he had been charged with, let alone any admission as to guilt.”

Mr Woodburn added that if Ibnomer was truly remorseful, he would have made contact with his victim’s family to express his sorrow.

Last night Kevin, expressed his belief Ibnomer should have received a much longer sentence.

He told the Daily Record: “As much as our family still feels that the original sentence was not long enough for taking Shaun’s life, and that will never change, we are pleased that the parole side of the justice system have looked at the situation three times now and decided to refuse parole.

“Given we now understand the way the system operates far better, it also backs our opinion as to the behaviour (of Ibnomer) at the time of Shaun’s killing, that the original sentence was far too short. None of this will ever bring Shaun back and no sentence will ever be enough, but we now know that at least the full sentence applied, as low as it was, will be served in full.”

Following Shaun’s death, his family have campaigned for justice system reform and have won changes to protocols surrounding multiple post mortems on victims of crime.