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Thomas Griffiths.

 

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Teenager jailed for murder of Ellie Gould

 

Thomas Griffiths stabbed sixth-former at her family home

after she ended their relationship

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Fri 8 Nov 2019    12.04 GMT

Last modified on Fri 8 Nov 2019    18.20 GMT

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/nov/08/
teenager-jailed-for-murder-of-ellie-gould

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

juror > convict  ≠  judge > sentence

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/aug/02/
daniel-pelka-mother-stepfather-jailed-life

 

 

 

 

'whole-life' sentences

http://www.theguardian.com/law/2014/feb/18/
whole-life-sentences-can-continue-appeal-court-rules

 

 

 

 

in the dock

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/feb/26/
lee-rigby-killers-michael-adebolajo-adebowale-whole-life-ruling

 

 

 

 

sentence N to serve a whole-life term

be ordered to die behind bars

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/feb/28/
joanna-dennehy-serial-killer-first-woman-die-in-jail

 

 

 

 

be sentenced to a whole-life term for N

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/feb/26/
lee-rigby-killers-michael-adebolajo-adebowale-whole-life-ruling

 

 

 

 

The maximum sentence for attempted murder is life        2010

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/nov/03/
stephen-timms-attack-sentencing

 

 

 

 

 indeterminate prison sentences / never-ending prison sentences

https://www.theguardian.com/news/audio/2020/mar/12/
the-never-ending-prison-sentences

 

 

 

 

indeterminate sentence for public protection    IPP

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2010/oct/31/prisoners-left-in-limbo-parole

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2007/aug/01/ukcrime.prisonsandprobation1 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2007/jul/31/prisonsandprobation.ukcrime 

 

 

 

 

open-ended sentence

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2007/apr/10/ukcrime.prisonsandprobation 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

life sentence

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/oct/13/
life-sentence-for-woman-who-murdered-girlfriend-she-had-abused-for-years

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/sep/25/
prison-inmates-convicted-murder-billy-white-long-lartin

 

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/apr/17/
boy-13-jailed-11-years-killing-woman-stamping-on-face

 

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/sep/25/
life-sentence-man-murdered-baby

http://www.theguardian.com/law/2014/jan/02/
murderers-jail-sentences-100-years-considered-goverment

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/cartoon/2014/jan/02/
life-sentencing-proposals

 

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/jul/31/
daniel-pelka-murder-mother-stepfather-guilty

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2006/oct/17/uk
crime.topstories3 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2006/feb/03/ukcrime2 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2005/apr/11/
childprotection.ukcrime

 

 

 

 

be given life sentence for N

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/20/
irish-sadomasochist-graham-dwyer-life-sentence-sex-slave-elaine-ohara

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/apr/17/
boy-13-jailed-11-years-killing-woman-stamping-on-face

 

 

 

 

murder carries a mandatory life sentence > minimum term        2014

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/feb/26/
lee-rigby-killers-michael-adebolajo-adebowale-whole-life-ruling

 

 

 

 

Number of prisoners given life doubles in 10 years        2006

http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2006/jun/17/politics.ukcrime 

 

 

 

 

receive a five-year sentence

 

 

 

 

sentence + N + to life in prison for  + N

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk-news/2013/jul/19/
organist-killer-jailed-minimum-25-years

 

 

 

 

be sentenced to life / life in prison

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/may/14/
stuart-hazell-tia-sharp-murder

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/dec/21/
crossbow-killer-pleads-guilty-murdering-women

 

 

 

 

"whole life" term / be sentenced to whole-life term

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/dec/19/
georgia-williams-killer-sentenced-whole-life-term

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/
whole-life-term-for-bus-stop-stalker-787419.html

 

 

 

 

life term

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/dec/21/
crossbow-killer-pleads-guilty-murdering-women

 

 

 

 

life jail term

 

 

 

 

be given life prison term

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/jan/30/
eastenders-gemma-mccluskie-brother-jailed-tony

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

be jailed for life for N  /  be jailed for life

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/dec/16/
double-jeopardy-murderer-michael-weir-jailed-for-life

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/nov/08/
teenager-jailed-for-murder-of-ellie-gould

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/mar/21/
aaron-campbell-jailed-for-life-for-of-alesha-macphail-six

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/oct/04/
aaron-barley-homeless-man-who-murdered-woman-who-helped-him

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/jun/21/
ben-butler-found-guilty-of-murdering-six-year-old-daughter-ellie

 

 

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/dec/01/
childrens-home-owner-john-allen-jailed-life-sex-offences

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/oct/03/
teenager-found-guilty-murdering-pregnant-girlfriend

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/aug/26/
rebecca-becky-ayres-boyfriend-jailed-life-admit-murder

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/aug/04/
teenager-filmed-beating-engineer-death-jailed-life

www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/jul/16/gloucester-
asher-maslin-sentenced-life-murder-ex-girlfriend-gazzard-hairdresser

 

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/oct/18/
chrissie-azzopardi-murder-life-sentence

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/sep/23/
paedophile-karl-clay-jailed-life

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/aug/02/
daniel-pelka-mother-stepfather-jailed-life

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/may/30/
mark-bridger-life-sentence-april-jones-murder

 

http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2012/sep/07/
teenager-stabbed-girlfriend-jailed-life

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/mar/25/
night-stalker-jailed-life

 

http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2010/dec/01/
anthony-marsh-life-murder-girlfriend-baby

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/oct/20/
saudi-prince-jailed-for-life

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/oct/02/
new-father-knife-crime-ghana

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/may/07/
scottish-paedophile-ring-guilty-child-abuse

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/mar/05/uk
crime2

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2008/mar/04/nhs.ukcrime

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/feb/22/
wright.sentenced

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/topstories/2008/02/22/
chef-mark-dixie-jailed-for-life-for-murdering-model-sally-anne-bowman-89520-20327983/

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2006/nov/29/ukcrime.hughmuir

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2005/oct/12/ukcrime.ukguns

 

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/
sexobsessed-attacker-guilty-of-models-murder-785767.html

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2007/mar/20/drugsandalcohol.ukcrime 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2007/mar/20/drugsandalcohol.ukcrime 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2006/jan/20/ukcrime 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2004/sep/03/ukcrime

 

 

 

 

 be jailed for life (...)

and told he would serve

at least 19 years in prison

before being eligible for parole

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/mar/26/
poets-stepson-receives-life-sentence-for-her

 

 

 

 

be jailed for life

with a minimum term of 25 years

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jul/13/
man-who-called-for-attack-on-prince-george-jailed-for-terrorism

 

 

 

 

 

be jailed indefinitely

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2009/may/22/
straw-defends-baby-p-mother-sentence

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2006/oct/21/ukcrime.martinwainwright 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2006/apr/20/ukcrime 

 

 

 

 

be given a life sentence

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/jun/12/
ben-kinsella-murder-life-sentence

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2006/aug/04/ukguns 

 

 

 

 

be sentenced and appear via videolink from prison

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/nov/03/
stephen-timms-attack-sentencing

 

 

 

 

be sentenced to life

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/jun/12/
ben-kinsella-murder-life-sentence

 

 

 

 

be sentenced to life imprisonment

https://www.theguardian.com/news/audio/2019/feb/20/
davids-mother-killed-his-father-but-he-wants-her-freed-podcast

 

 

 

 

be sentenced to life imprisonment

with a minimum of 40 years

http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2006/aug/05/ukcrime.ukguns 

 

 

 

 

be sentenced to life imprisonment

with a minimum of 24 years

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/nov/25/ukcrime2

 

 

 

 

be given a full life sentence

 

 

 

 

be convicted and sentenced to life

 

 

 

 

be jailed for life

 

 

 

 

be handed 33 life sentences

with a minimum term of 30 years

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/dec/09/
serial-rapist-joseph-mccann-given-33-life-sentences

 

 

 

 

get life

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2008/02/22/nbowman422.xml 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2006/feb/25/uk
crime.samjones

 

 

 

 

get life term

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/dec/10/
man-gets-life-term-killing-dismembering-father

 

 

 

 

get life sentence > serve a minimum of 27 years before (being) eligible for parole

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/jan/21/
michael-cope-life-sentence-murdering-girlfriend

 

 

 

 

be locked up for life

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/topstories/2008/02/22/
suffolk-strangler-steve-wright-locked-up-for-life-for-ipswich-prostitute-murders-89520-20327902/

 

 

 

 

get 10 life sentences

http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2005/jun/16/uk
crime.davidpallister 

 

 

 

 

be sentenced to life without parole / get life without parole

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/jun/24/
levi-bellfield-life-without-parole

 

 

 

 

serve two life sentences

 

 

 

 

serve at least 23 years

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/jun/21/
ben-butler-found-guilty-of-murdering-six-year-old-daughter-ellie

 

 

 

 

serve at least 30 years behind bars before being eligible for parole

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/aug/02/
daniel-pelka-mother-stepfather-jailed-life

 

 

 

 

lifer

 

 

 

 

whole lifers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daniel Pelka's

mother and stepfather

jailed for life

Magdelena Luczak and Mariusz Krezolek
to serve minimum of 30 years for starving,
torturing and killing four-year-old son

 

Friday 2 August 2013
13.03 BST
Theguardian.com
Steven Morris
This article was published on guardian.co.uk
at 13.03 BST
on Friday 2 August 2013.
A version appeared on p4 of the Main section section
of theguardian.com on Saturday 3 August 2013.
It was last modified at 00.01 BST on Saturday 3 August 2013.
It was first published at 12.42 BST on Friday 2 August 2013.

 

The mother and stepfather of Daniel Pelka have been jailed for life for starving, torturing and battering the four-year-old boy to death.

Magdelena Luczak, 27, and her partner, Mariusz Krezolek, 34, were told they would serve at least 30 years behind bars before being eligible for parole.

Sentencing the pair at Birmingham crown court, the judge, Mrs Justice Cox, said the pair had subjected Daniel to "unimaginable acts of cruelty".

She said a "particularly grave" feature was that they had systematically starved him. "He was literally wasting away," the judge said, noting that experts had compared his body to that of concentration camp victims.

The judge said that the fatal attack was a "brutal assault" carried out after he had been force-fed salt and subjected to a "cold water punishment" in which he was held under water in the bath.

She said the couple had carefully lied to the authorities before and after Daniel's death, "cynically" deceiving teachers and welfare and medical officers.

The pair had shown no remorse during the trial, she said, and held them jointly culpable: "Yours was a partnership of equals."

In mitigation, Stephen Linehan QC, for Luczak, had asked the judge not to "snuff out" hope for her. "This young woman came to this country hoping for a better life and now she is facing a life in prison. She has lost everything. Her situation is truly desperate."

Nigel Lambert QC, for Krezolek, said his client had no previous convictions for violence. Krezolek was ashamed and shocked at his cruelty to Daniel, but still insisted he had not intended to kill the boy, Lambert said, arguing that this set him apart from offenders who set out to murder a child.

Eleven of the 12 jurors who convicted the pair returned to see them sentenced.

During the nine-week trial, the jurors had heard how Luczak and Krezolek systematically denied Daniel meals and force-fed him salt to make him vomit when he was caught sneaking extra food. He was so hungry that he stole sandwiches from other children at school and dug through bins for discarded apple cores.

One child protection expert who examined the boy's body said she had seen such emaciation only in pictures of concentration camp victims. A radiologist compared Daniel's frame to that of a seriously ill cancer patient, and a police detective said he looked like child from a famine-ridden part of Africa.

The couple kept him locked for long periods in a tiny, unheated box room, which he had to use as a toilet, at the family home in Coventry. They ordered him to adopt stress positions used by torturers and to go on endurance runs around the house.

When the pair believed he had misbehaved they threw him into cold baths and his mother once boasted that she had almost drowned him, while his sibling, who cannot be identified, reported that they had once seen the boy's head being held under water.

Daniel died in March last year after being hit around the head by one or both adults. His body was laid out on a bed next to his terrified sibling and Luczak and Krezolek waited more than 30 hours before calling 999.

During the trial it emerged that professionals including health workers and police had had numerous contacts with the family. Teachers at his school, Little Heath primary, had seen him scavenging for food and noticed injuries to his face but no effective action was taken to protect him.

A serious case review is being carried out by the Coventry safeguarding children board. The review has already scrutinised the actions of all the agencies involved with Daniel and the plan is to publish the findings within six weeks once new information that arose during the trial has been taken into account.

On Thursday the deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, branded the treatment meted out to the boy as evil and vile. Speaking during his weekly phone-in on the London radio station LBC, Clegg said: "Clearly people must have seen something was wrong with this boy. We all ask the same questions: how did this happen? What happened when teachers saw this boy scavenging in bins, when they saw him lose all that weight? They apparently did pass information on why did no one act on it?

"So many teachers and people in the NHS and social work that I know have only the best interests of children at heart. It's not a lack of motive. But I think what people worry about is that maybe one bit of the system doesn't talk to another bit of the system."

Jurors, who had sat through a wealth of evidence charting six months of systematic abuse of the defenceless youngster, took less than four hours to unanimously convict Luczak and former soldier Krezolek, both Polish nationals, on Wednesday.

Daniel Pelka's mother and stepfather jailed for life,
G, 2.8.2013,
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/aug/02/
daniel-pelka-mother-stepfather-jailed-life

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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