February 2018

Brutal wife killer & paedophile WON’T have his 23-year jail sentence increased

A bid to get wife killer Adam Parkin’s sentence extended has failed.

Parkin was jailed for a minimum of 23 years after he admitted stabbing Julie Parkin to death when she discovered he had indecent images of a child.

Newcastle Crown Court heard how the primary school teacher tried to defend herself as her 35-year-old husband knifed her 27 times in the head, face, neck, back and chest at their Sunderland home last June.

And the case came before top judges at the Court of Appeal on Thursday after the Attorney General, Jeremy Wright QC, argued the term was too soft.

But although judges said Parkin’s crime had ruined lives, they refused to increase his punishment.

Appeal Judge, Sir Brian Leveson, said the 23 years Parkin must serve before even applying for release was “not unduly lenient”.

The court heard 39-year-old Mrs Parkin, who worked at West Boldon Primary School, had discovered evidence of her husband’s involvement with pornographic images of a child before she was killed.

The couple went for a drive to talk, but when they returned home Parkin launched his attack with a kitchen knife.

Blood-covered Parkin, who worked for the Crown Prosecution Service in its CPS Direct department at the time, then went to Southwick Police Station begging for help, saying he had killed his wife.

He later made a statement in which he said he should have killed himself instead, adding: “She was so sad when she found out what I really am.”

Investigation of his computer revealed a search history suggesting an interest in child sex, including a search for “Cambodian child abuse”.

Sir Brian, sitting with Sir Roderick Evans and Mr Justice Jeremy Baker, said Parkin had caused intolerable loss to his wife’s family.

“It is not difficult to understand the enormous impact this offending has had upon all those other affected by it,” he said.

All spoke of the loss that they have suffered and the loss of a close and caring relationship which was likely to have an enduring and devastating impact.

“The damage caused will ripple out forever.”

For the Attorney General, Duncan Penny QC argued a 23-year term was not long enough to mark the seriousness of the crime.

But Sir Brian refused to increase it, saying: “In our judgment, this sentence was not unduly lenient”

Parkin appeared for the Court of Appeal hearing via a video link from HMP Durham.

He had pleaded guilty to murder, the attempted murder of another person who cannot be identified and three child sexual abuse images offences.

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