The Court of Appeal has today increased the minimum term from 18 to 23 yearsâ€™ life imprisonment handed to Adam Singer.
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 after he carried out a brutal and vicious attack on the woman he shared a house with.
The Solicitor General, Oliver Heald QC MP, who referred the case to the Court of Appeal, said:
â€œI am pleased that the Court of Appeal shared my concern about the original sentence and raised the minimum term from 18 to xx years in the life sentence handed to Adam Singer.
â€œThis was a terrible crime which has deprived a young child of both parents I hope this revised sentence offers a degree of comfort and reassurance to the public.â€
The original 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.
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. Prior to the murder, the court heard that Singer had discussed with colleagues about killing someone, and had taken an industrial rolling pin from his work (he worked as a Galley assistant at HMS Drake). It was also found that he confided that he had planned to carry out the crime the day before but hadnâ€™t gone through with it.
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.
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.