Sheffield mum’s pain as son’s killer wins cut in jail sentence

Jamie Stuart and mum Dawn Gray
Jamie Stuart and mum Dawn Gray
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A mother has branded a judge’s decision to cut the sentence of the thug who murdered her teenage son as ‘disgusting.’

Daniel Parr was jailed for a minimum of 23 years after being convicted of murdering Ecclesfield teenager Jamie Stuart as he walked home from a party in Parson Cross in 2011.

Daniel Parr

Daniel Parr

However, he saw the cut by three years after the Court of Appeal decided the initial punishment handed down at Sheffield Crown Court had been too harsh.

Jamie’s mother, Dawn Gray, said she had been told by police Parr would not be able to appeal his original sentence – and only found out about the reduction after reading about it in The Star.

Dawn said: “We were told by the police he could not appeal and we would be getting Jamie’s personal items back from them.

“But then we were told he was appealing. It came out of the blue and the police said they didn’t know about it.

“We were just starting to come to terms with what had happened to Jamie and now we feel like he has been murdered all over again.

“To reduce his sentence is disgusting.”

Jamie, a 19-year-old bricklayer, was stabbed three times in the leg and once in the heart by Parr on July 23, 2011.

Dawn said: “I miss him as soon as I wake up on a morning. He had passed his City and Guilds bricklaying course and had only just started going out and spending the money he was earning. He was enjoying his life.”

She said Parr was ‘evil’.

Dawn said: “I have had no apology and no explanation from him. I need to know the reason he did it.

“Jamie was given the death sentence and now we are serving a life sentence because of what he did.”

During the appeal hearing, 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.

As well as being convicted of murder last October, Parr also admitted conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and threatening revenge.