The Court of Appeal has today increased the minimum 6 year life sentence to 13 years and 4 months for John Jenkin, for killing his mother and sister in an axe attack at their home in June 2013.
John Jenkin lived with his mother in the village of Millom, Cumbria. On Thursday 6th June 2013 he tried to commit suicide and was taken to hospital. He was released home and his sister came to stay for the weekend. Early on 8th June 2013 he killed his mother with an axe he had in his room. When his sister discovered what he had done he killed her with the same weapon. He also attacked and killed his dog.
Speaking after the judgment, which was handed down today, the Solicitor General, Oliver Heald, QC MP, who referred the sentence, said:
â€œThis was a truly tragic case, and my heartfelt sympathies go to the family of Alice McMeekin and Kathryn Jenkin, who lost their lives in this senseless attack.
â€œI asked the Court of Appeal to look again at this sentence as I felt the adjusted term of 6 years failed to reflect the seriousness of these crimes and dreadful impact the killings had.Â I hope the increased minimum term of 13 years and 4 months in some way offers comfort and reassuring the public.â€
Â Background to the case:
On 28thÂ March the offender was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 12 years. This was subsequently reduced by the Judge on 3rdÂ April (under the â€˜slipâ€™ rule that allows the court to correct accidental slips or omissions in judgments and orders at any time) to a minimum term of 6 years. In addition an order was made under section 45A of the Mental Health Act requiring him to be treated in hospital until such time as he was fit to be sent to prison. The sentencing judge on both occasions was Mr Justice King sitting in the Crown Court at Preston.