Fury as teen killers could have their murder sentences cut to ten years

TEENAGE murderers could get shorter jail terms under controversial reforms.

Victims’ families are angry at plans which would see some killers aged 15-17 getting ten years.


It comes after Thomas Griffiths, then 17, got a minimum 12½ years for killing his ex-girlfriend Ellie Gould.

Her parents campaigned for tougher sentencing and ministers announced an overhaul last month, touted as Ellie’s Law.

However they propose a cut in the minimum sentence to ten years for teenagers who murder in the home.

It would have applied to Griffiths, who killed Ellie, 17, with a knife from her parents’ home in Calne, Wiltshire.

A source close to Justice Secretary Robert Buckland last night told civil servants to alter the guidelines after being alerted by The Sun on Sunday.

They said: “Robert has left officials in no doubt this is simply unacceptable.”

Carole and Matt Gould said: “We can’t believe they were proposing that someone like Griffiths would have their sentence reduced.

"Why should a life taken in the home by someone you know be valued less than a life taken by a stranger in the streets?”

The Ministry of Justice said Ellie’s murder was a “horrific crime” and it will continue to “explore options” with her family.

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