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Brooke Kinsella calls for longer prison sentences for domestic murderers

Former EastEnders star Brooke Kinsella is calling on the Government to close a loophole that would see shorter sentences for murderers who use a weapon that was already at the crime scene.

Kinsella, whose brother was stabbed, has already successfully campaigned for tougher prison sentences for knife murderers. She is now calling on the government to address the loophole that results in hundreds of families being deprived of justice when their loved ones are murdered at home.

The government now says it is looking into addressing a decade-long discrepancy in murder sentencing that experts have described as one of the most significant “remaining open wounds” in our justice system.

Currently, a murderer who murders his victim with a knife that was “intentionally brought to the crime scene” is punished with a minimum sentence of 25 years. The sentence was increased at the initiative of Ben Kinsella’s family after the 16-year-old was killed by three strangers in north London in 2008.

However, “Ben’s Law” does not include domestic murderers using weapons found at the crime scene. The initial sentence there is 15 years.

Activists say this creates a worrying situation in which a man who brutally murders his wife after years of torture, for example stabbing her multiple times with a kitchen knife, possibly in front of his children, then dismembering her body and lying to police, is still alive only one sentence is given from 15 years – just because he used a weapon he already had.

Brooke Kinsella has now joined a group supporting the Killed Women campaign, set up by three grieving mothers – Carole Gould, Julie Devey-Waterhouse and Elaine Newborough, whose daughters were murdered by men who then had unusually short lives received prison sentences.

In conversation with the TimesKinsella said: “The aim of Ben’s Law was always to increase penalties for knife crime. However, a crucial gap has emerged. Most women murdered by knives are killed at home and current law does not address this issue.”

“In these cases, the perpetrator faces a much lower initial sentence of 15 years, compared to 25 years for someone who brings a knife to specifically commit murder. This inconsistency is unacceptable and the victims’ families are being denied the justice they deserve. We must close this gap and ensure that the law truly reflects the seriousness of these crimes.”

Of the 590 murders recorded in England and Wales in the year to March 2023, 100 were domestic. Gould, whose daughter was killed by a man who received just 12 years in prison for murdering her with a kitchen knife in her family home, has asked Justice Minister Alex Chalk to increase the sentence for all knife murders to 25 years.

Her daughter Ellie was just 17 years old when she was stabbed 13 times by another student, also 17. His 15-year sentence was further reduced to 12.5 years due to his young age.

People fighting sexual violence say it is “ridiculous” that such murderers get 10 years less than other murderers. The Ministry of Justice is considering its response to a public consultation on the issue after receiving 5,200 responses.

The Ministry of Justice said: “We have already taken decisive action to ensure domestic murderers are locked up for longer – by introducing new statutory aggravating factors for overkill, killing at the end of a relationship and controlling or coercive behavior – and are currently analyzing the response to ours . “Advice on starting points for murders that are already committed with a weapon at the crime scene.”

“The 25-year onset of gun-to-crime murders rightly reflects the frightening reality of the danger to the public when knives are carried on our streets.”

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