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Monday, 22 December 2014

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Law chief considers Millom axe killer’s sentence

THE sentence of a killer is being reviewed by the country’s top legal advisor after prosecutors launched a bid to increase his time behind bars.

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court move The Court of Appeal will hear an appeal over the sentence handed to double killer John Jenkin, above left, who axed his mother and sister, insets, to death at their home in Newton Street, Millom, above

John Jenkin, now 24, killed his mother, 58-year-old Alice McMeekin, and sister Katie Jenkin, 20, on June 8 last year in a frenzied attack at the family home in Newton Street, Millom.

Jenkin was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum 12-year hospital order on March 28 but the sentence was cut at a sentence review hearing at Preston Crown Court on April 3 to a minimum six-year term.

After the review the case was referred to the attorney general’s office by the Crown Prosecution Service due to concerns from CPS barristers that Jenkin’s sentence was too lenient due to the level of risk he posed to the public should he be released from custody.

The court heard how a “cool” and “collected” Jenkin was seen strolling from the family home shortly after butchering his mother and sister using an axe which he kept by his bed.

Police described the scenes inside the Newton Street address as “grisly” and when they searched the house they found blood smeared over the walls of the lounge and stairs at the address.

Preston Crown Court was told Jenkin killed Fenn, the family dog, after it interrupted him having sex with the body of his sister.

He was later found by police at the coast with dirty toilet paper in his mouth and a plastic pipe in his backside.

Jenkin is in custody in the secure Ashworth Hospital, in Merseyside, where Moors Murderer Ian Brady is also detained.

An announcement on the attorney general’s decision will be made after he has contacted the family of Miss McMeekin and Miss Jenkin.

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