A vicious Sheffield killer who brutally murdered his stepmother – celebrated Welsh poet Anne Cluysenaar – has had his jail sentence cut.
Timothy Jackson, aged 49, attacked the pensioner with a kitchen knife at her secluded home in Llantrisant, Usk, Wales, and stamped on her face.
Jackson, of Mount Street, Sharrow, Sheffield, resented Ms Cluysenaar, who had carved out a worldwide reputation as a poet, writing about nature and wildlife.
The 78-year-old spoke of her poetry as ‘my country – it’s where I live’.
Jackson’s own father described his erratic son as a ‘strange character who drank like a fish’ and was prone to ‘fly off the handle’.
Jackson was jailed for life at Cardiff Crown Court in March after he admitted his step-mum’s murder at her home, Little Wentwood Farm.
He was ordered to serve at least 19 years behind bars before he could even apply for parole.
Jackson’s case reached London’s Appeal Court as he challenged his minimum term, arguing it was far too tough.
His legal team urged the court to take account of his ‘genuine remorse’, previous good character and his guilty plea.
Mr Justice King noted the extreme brutality of Jackson’s attack – and his ‘gratuitous stamping on his stepmother’s face’.
“These were particularly brutal circumstances,” he said.
But the judge, sitting with Lord Justice Treacy and Judge David Aubrey QC, concluded that 19 years was ‘excessive’.
Jackson’s minimum term was reduced to 16 years and eight months.
Jackson’s father, Walter Jackson, was asleep upstairs at the time of the November 2014 killing.
There was evidence of rising tensions between Ms Cluysenaar and her stepson in the days before the attack.
One witness described him as seeming to almost ‘choke with rage’ at one point.