Mary-Ann's killers' appeals fail

12 Dec 2007
BBC News

Four of the six men jailed for life for life for the kidnap, torture, rape and murder of 16-year-old Mary-Ann Leneghan have had their appeals rejected.

Jamaile Morally, 22, Indrit Krasniqi, 18, Adrian Thomas, 20, and Llewellyn Adams, 24, carried out the killing in Reading, Berkshire, on 7 May 2005.

Morally and Krasniqi were appealing against their convictions, while Thomas challenged his 27-year sentence.

Krasniqi and Adams were appealing against their 23-year jail terms.

'Horrific violence'

Lord Justice Richards, sitting with two other judges, threw out their applications at the Court of Appeal in London on Tuesday.

He said the matters before the court "arose out of horrific and sustained actions of violence against two young women".

Lord Justice Richards added that when setting the sentences, the trial judge had taken into account the ages and the roles of the defendants.

Two other members of the London gang who committed the murder - Michael Johnson, 19, and 23-year-old Joshua Morally - have not lodged appeals.

Tortured with cigarettes

All six were also convicted of the attempted murder of Mary-Ann's 19-year-old friend, who survived being shot in the head.

Ringleader Thomas, of Battersea, Johnson, of Southfields, and brothers Jamaile and Joshua Morally, of Balham, were all told at Reading Crown Court that they must serve at least 27 years.

Adams, also from Balham, and Krasniqi, of Chiswick, were ordered to serve at least 23 years.

During the case, jurors heard how the girls were drugged, raped and tortured with cigarettes, knives, a metal bar and boiling water for three hours.

They were then driven to Prospect Park to be executed in a revenge killing for an earlier gang attack on Thomas.

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