It is an incredibly sad case, but I agree with the Judge that the death should not be taken into account when considering sentencing.
Put it another way. What if you were at a roundabout not paying attention because you were changing the radio, and you accidentally had a nose-to-tail that was 100% your fault, and the person you hit died from a pre-existing heart condition set off by the shock of the collision? Should you go to prison for manslaughter or was that death not really your fault?
That doesn't really make sense in this case, because the attackers made the conscious decision to hit him. It was deliberate. What if the punch knocked him back and off his balance, and he hit his head on the curb and died that way instead? It's happened in the past.
Maybe instead of blaming this poor kid who died, we should be blaming these $h!t head kids who attacked him. I can't understand why someone would justify to themselves that punching a stranger is okay. Or punching/hurting anyone for that matter. These people should be locked up and kept out of society until they're rehabilitated or whatever needs to happen because it happens way too often now days.
HAHA because locking kids up with other violent kids to "rehabilitate" has been has proven so successful in the past right? Taking kids from their family and support structures, is always the way to ensure a childs future. Also worth noting, kids in my opinion aren't significantly more voilent than kids a few years back, my childhood was filled with violent kids, it's just reported now so much more than it was.