South Yorkshire killer loses bid to cut jail term

Murder victim Doreen Walker
Murder victim Doreen Walker
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A savage killer who stabbed a South Yorkshire grandmother to death deserves every day of his 33-year prison sentence, top judges have ruled.

Liam Aaron Naylor, aged 23, killed 75-year-old Doreen Walker by throttling her and stabbing her more than 40 times.

Pictured shows Liam Naylor who has been been found guilty of the murder of Dorothy Walker. Today Naylor was jailed for 33 years. See Ross Parry copy RPYGRANDMOTHER : A dad who throttled, beat and then stabbed to death a frail 75-year-old grandma - all so he could steal her �104 of pension money to pay for a night out - has been found guilty of murder. It took just two hours for a jury at Sheffield Crown Court to find father-of-three Liam Naylor, aged 23, guilty of murdering Dorothy 'Dotty' Walker at her home on April 1. He is now facing life behind bars for the horror killing. Naylor, who stabbed Mrs Walker more than 40 times in a 'savage, brutal and sustained attack', claimed he acted in self defence.

Pictured shows Liam Naylor who has been been found guilty of the murder of Dorothy Walker. Today Naylor was jailed for 33 years. See Ross Parry copy RPYGRANDMOTHER : A dad who throttled, beat and then stabbed to death a frail 75-year-old grandma - all so he could steal her �104 of pension money to pay for a night out - has been found guilty of murder. It took just two hours for a jury at Sheffield Crown Court to find father-of-three Liam Naylor, aged 23, guilty of murdering Dorothy 'Dotty' Walker at her home on April 1. He is now facing life behind bars for the horror killing. Naylor, who stabbed Mrs Walker more than 40 times in a 'savage, brutal and sustained attack', claimed he acted in self defence.

The court of appeal heard Mrs Walker had shown Naylor nothing but kindness - giving him food and cigarettes and letting him visit her home - and he repaid that kindness by murdering her in the merciless attack last April.

Naylor, of Junction Street, Barnsley, was a friend of Mrs Walker’s grand-daughter Keeley Sweeney who had lived with her before moving in with Naylor.

He had visited Mrs Walker’s home many times and knew when she collected her pension and where she kept it.

The court heard he wanted money to pay for a night out with his friends and killed Mrs Walker during a robbery at her Cudworth home.

Her body was found in her living room with a knife embedded in her neck. She had been in her night gown ready for bed when she was attacked.

After the killing, Naylor called friends, including Miss Sweeney, and went for a night out.

He was tracked to Skegness the following day and arrested. He had already tried to burn his blood-soaked clothes.

Naylor was convicted of murder and jailed for at least 33 years at Sheffield Crown Court last October.

Yesterday, he appealed for the sentence to be cut but was told the 33-year minimum was exactly what he deserved.

His barrister Tim Moloney QC argued although a very long term was justified, 33 years was too long.

He said it did not properly reflect Naylor’s claim the murder was not pre-meditated.

But Mr Justice Nicol said: “This was a case, as the judge said in his sentencing remarks, of a particularly brutal murder, conducted in a way that must have caused tremendous suffering for the victim.

“She was in her own home, she was 75 and she had shown considerable kindness to Naylor in the past.”

Naylor’s appeal was dismissed, meaning he cannot be freed until he has served at least 33 years in prison.