Killer gets jail term slashed

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A killer jailed for 23 years for the murder of a Sheffield teenager has his minimum term slashed after an appeal.

Rotherham man Daniel Robert Parr’s sentence was reduced to at least 20 years behind bars for the ‘cold-blooded attack’ which led to the death of Jamie Stuart, from Ecclesfield.

Undated handout photo issued by South Yorkshire Police of Jamie Stuart. A teenager charged with the murder of Jamie found lying on a pavement with stab wounds has been remanded in custody.PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday July 25, 2011. Stuart, 19, was found by a member of the public in Holgate Avenue, Parson Cross, Sheffield, in the early hours of Saturday. Danny Robert Parr, 19, of Broom Close, Rotherham, appeared at Sheffield Magistrates' Court today charged with murder. See PA story COURTS Teenager. Photo credit should read: South Yorkshire Police/PA Wire

Undated handout photo issued by South Yorkshire Police of Jamie Stuart. A teenager charged with the murder of Jamie found lying on a pavement with stab wounds has been remanded in custody.PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday July 25, 2011. Stuart, 19, was found by a member of the public in Holgate Avenue, Parson Cross, Sheffield, in the early hours of Saturday. Danny Robert Parr, 19, of Broom Close, Rotherham, appeared at Sheffield Magistrates' Court today charged with murder. See PA story COURTS Teenager. Photo credit should read: South Yorkshire Police/PA Wire

The 19-year-old victim was stabbed three times in the leg and once through the heart as he walked home from a party in Parson Cross in July 2011.

Parr, 21, was sentenced to 23 years after being convicted of murder and admitting conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and threatening revenge at Sheffield Crown Court last October.

But yesterday Court of Appeal judges, Mr Justice Cranston, Lord Justice Aikens and Mr Justice Irwin, won an appeal on his behalf.

Parr’s barrister, Richard Barradell argued on appeal that the crown court judge had punished him too severely.

The 23-year term, which he had to serve before he was eligible to apply for parole, did not reflect strong mitigating factors in his favour, he said.

Giving judgment, Mr Justice Cranston said: “There were strong mitigating factors, in particular the appellant’s lack of intention to kill, his youth and his good character. In our view, taking all those factors into account, the minimum term in this appellant’s case should have been 20 years.”

Parr, from Wath upon Dearne, can only be freed after serving the 20-year term if he is considered safe to return to the community.