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Thursday, August 31, 2006

Teenage sex-killer's sentence cut

A teenager who strangled a 15-year-old schoolgirl has had his jail term cut by the appeal court.

Kenneth Fraser, from Fife, was originally sentenced to serve at least 20 years for the murder of his former girlfriend Jenni Gordon.

But three judges at the Court of Appeal in Edinburgh have now ruled that he should spend 15 years in jail before being considered for parole.

They said this was due to the fact that he was only 16 at the time.

Scotland's senior judge, the Lord Justice General, Lord Hamilton, sitting with Lord Carloway, ordered that Fraser, now 18, should serve a punishment period of 15 years - after which he will be eligible to seek release on parole.

Fraser, a former youth footballer with Dunfermline, strangled the Inverkeithing High School pupil in November 2004 in the former mining village of High Valleyfield, in Fife, where they both lived.

He then removed her clothing and had sex with her before abandoning her half-naked body on the frozen ground, where she was discovered by a passer-by the next day.

Exactly why this freak should be eligible for parole after 15 years (i.e. he is 31) and not 20 years (i.e. he is 36) is beyond me.




Blogger Moni said...

I think he should have gotten more time than that. I thought American criminals were the only one's to not serve the exact time they were sentenced.

My friends live in Fife. Is it a large region of the country?

1:19 AM  
Blogger McFox said...

It's a Kingdom ;)

12:53 PM  
Blogger Moni said...

Gee, I know it's a kingdom. It could be a small kingdom. ;) Me thinks Mcfox is trying to a wise ass. (kidding!) ah ha!

2:29 PM  
Blogger McFox said...

Haha. It's historically known as the 'Kingdom of Fife' since it used to be a, well, kingdom, or 'fiefdom', hence the name - Fife.

7:01 AM  

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