EXCLUSIVE: Fury as thug who killed millionaire banking boss in sickening unprovoked attack outside The Ivy then fled on a rickshaw as he lay dying is to be released just EIGHT MONTHS into three-year jail sentence

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An electrician who punched a millionaire banking boss to death is due to be released from prison next month – after just eight months behind bars.

Steven Allan knocked Paul Mason to the ground during the sickening unprovoked attack and then fled on a rickshaw as the 52-year-old lay dying in the street.

Allan, 35, was jailed for three-years in April after admitting manslaughter but from December is eligible for early release on licence.

Mr Mason’s devastated family were given the news by probation officials and say they are horrified Allen will be out so early and home in time for Christmas.

His sister Rachel Mason told MailOnline: ‘What fills us with disbelief and frustration is the fact that Paul’s killer could be released in December, meaning that he will serve just eight months in prison for violently attacking and killing a wholly innocent man.

Shocking footage shows Steve Allan (pictured) punch wealthy British financier Paul Mason, 52, to the ground twice 

Allan had been drinking in a number of bars when he bumped into Paul Mason (pictured) and accused him of stealing a friend's mobile phone before the unprovoked attack

Allan had been drinking in a number of bars when he bumped into Paul Mason (pictured) and accused him of stealing a friend’s mobile phone before the unprovoked attack

‘How is this justice? It’s just not. The sentencing guidelines for those that kill must be reviewed, they are simply failing our society and allowing dangerous individuals to serve so little jail time and be back in the community so quickly.

‘There is simply no time to reform in eight months, what lesson has this individual learnt other than he can get drunk, kill someone and be in jail for less than eight months. What message does this send to the public and how does it give us confidence to walk the streets knowing that such violent crimes have very little deterrent?

‘Victims of murder and manslaughter are given such little regard by the Justice system and this must be reviewed.’

Allan will be required to wear an electronic tag and will be given a curfew of when to be home and may also be excluded from being in certain places.

Mr Mason, CEO for Qatar National Bank, had been with two friends at The Ivy Club, an exclusive private members’ club in Soho, on the evening of December 15, 2020.

As he emerged from the club, he helped a female friend into a black taxi before walking towards the junction where he was attacked.

Allan had been drinking in a number of bars when he bumped into Mr Mason and accused him of stealing a friend’s mobile phone.

He marched across the road and was captured on CCTV attempting to grab something from Mr Mason, who shrugged him off and stepped back.

His sister Rachel Mason (right) told MailOnline: ''How is this justice? It's just not'

His sister Rachel Mason (right) told MailOnline: ”How is this justice? It’s just not’

Three off-duty nurses who had witnessed the attack tried to help Mr Mason, who was rushed to hospital

Three off-duty nurses who had witnessed the attack tried to help Mr Mason, who was rushed to hospital

Mr Mason to fell backwards and landed with his head hitting the pavement, knocking him out cold

Mr Mason to fell backwards and landed with his head hitting the pavement, knocking him out cold

The CCTV footage shows Allan marching across the road and attempting to grab something from Mr Mason, who shrugs him off and steps back

The CCTV footage shows Allan marching across the road and attempting to grab something from Mr Mason, who shrugs him off and steps back

Allan follows him and punches with his right fist, knocking Mr Mason towards a building and onto the floor

Allan follows him and punches with his right fist, knocking Mr Mason towards a building and onto the floor

Allan followed him and punched with his right fist, knocking Mr Mason towards a building and onto the floor.

As he tried to get back on his feet Allan punched him a second time and then delivered an upper cut that caused him to fly back and land on his back with his head hitting the pavement.

Three off-duty nurses who had witnessed the attack tried to help Mr Mason, who had been knocked unconscious, and he was rushed to hospital where doctors carried out a procedure to replace part of his skull with a sheet of titanium.

Despite their best efforts he fell into a coma and died six months later on June 4, 2021.

Allan, from Hook in Hampshire, fled the scene, but later handed himself in to police.

He admitted manslaughter but a jury at the Old Bailey deliberated for 24 hours to find him not guilty of murder in February following a retrial.

In her victim impact speech, Ms Mason revealed her oldest brother Simon, a recovering alcoholic, drank himself to death in September 2021.

He died just six days after his 56th birthday having binged on vodka to numb the pain of losing his brother.

Mr Mason’s family demanded a review of Allan’s sentence and set up an online petition, which more than 50,000 people signed.

But the Attorney General decided not to refer Allan’s sentence to the Unduly Lenient Sentence (ULS) scheme.

Ms Mason branded the decision ‘morally wrong’ and claimed it ‘sets a deeply concerning precedent for future sentences for those that kill people’.

Labour’s Emily Thornberry, the shadow attorney general, expressed her ‘disappointment and disbelief’ at the decision and demanded Government action for bereaved families.

Solicitor General Michael Tomlinson, one of the Government’s law officers, acknowledged there were ‘strong feelings’ over the ‘unprovoked and violent attack’ on Mr Mason.

But he stressed the threshold for a sentencing review was not met in Allan’s case.

Last month, a special garden in memory of Mr Mason was opened at the Lyme Regis Museum in Dorset, where he was trustee.

The centrepiece of the ‘Paul’s Place’ garden is a bench designed by artist Petter Southall for visitors to enjoy what Mr Mason considered his ‘happy place’.



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