Murderers appeal whole-life tariffs

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Published: Thursday 16th October 2014 by The News Editor

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Two murderers – one a ”sexual deviant” who lured a teenage girl to her death and another who savagely killed a child – are appealing against orders that they must spend the rest of their days behind bars.

Jamie Reynolds and Anwar Rosser will have their whole-life sentence challenges heard today by the Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas, Mr Justice Wyn Williams and Mr Justice Sweeney at the Court of Appeal in London.

Reynolds, 23, of Wellington, Shropshire, was sentenced at Stafford Crown Court in December after admitting murdering former head girl Georgia Williams.

Former soldier Anwar Rosser, 33, who admitted murdering four-year-old Riley Turner in a “savage and gratuitous” attack, was handed a whole-life tariff by a judge at Bradford Crown Court in February.

Rosser was staying at the boy’s home in Keighley, West Yorkshire, in January last year, when he stabbed and strangled the “happy and bubbly” child as he lay in his bed.

Stafford Crown Court was told by p rosecutor David Crigman QC that Reynolds had carried out a ”scripted, sadistic and sexually-motivated murder” and planned the killing meticulously.

He described Reynolds as a manipulative individual and ”a sexual deviant” who had had ”a morbid fascination in pornography depicting violence towards young women in a sexual context since at least 2008”.

Sentencing Reynolds, Mr Justice Wilkie said he agreed with a psychiatric report that he ”had the potential to progressing to become a serial killer”.

He duped Miss Williams, 17, into going to his home for a photo-shoot, but he killed her – a post-mortem showed she died of asphyxia as a result of pressure to the neck, probably caused by a ligature.

Her body was eventually found in a stream in remote woodland near Wrexham.

Published: Thursday 16th October 2014 by The News Editor

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