In February 2012 Adam Singer and Sally-Ann Harrison were no longer a couple but were still living in the same house. They were each seeking to be the primary carer of their 21 month old child. The evidence established that prior to the murder Singer had discussed with colleagues about killing someone, had taken an industrial rolling pin from his work (he worked as a Galley assistant at HMS Drake). He even confided that he planned to do it the day before but hadnâ€™t gone through with it.Â On the night of 4 April 2012, Singer went to the house that he shared with the victim. Whilst she was sitting on the sofa he carried out a brutal and vicious attack with the industrial rolling pin.
Adam Singer was jailed for life with a minimum term of 18 years for the murder of Sally-Ann Harrison, at the Crown Court in Plymouth by His Honour Judge Cottle.Â That sentence was referred to the Attorney General’s Office by CPS South West and considered unduly lenient by the Solicitor General, Oliver Heald QC MP, who referred it to the Court of Appeal. (Singer pleaded not guilty and there was a trial in April 2013 in which the jury failed to reach a verdict. There was a retrial in February 2014 in which he was convicted of murder.)