Ed Ram, of the Evening Standard subsequently, said this:
"It is an appalling state of affairs when an elderly man cannot go out on the streets of London without being attacked and killed."Two youths, whose names were not released because of their age, were arrested and charged with manslaughter. This charge was dropped because the prosecution could not prove Thomas had died as a direct result of the injuries which he had sustained.
They were, therefore, convicted of assault only and sentenced to just five years in prison.
They were both black.