Killer fails to get sentence reduced

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A CONVICTED murderer whose Wigan mum says is the victim of a miscarriage of justice, has failed in a legal bid to get his sentence reduced.

Jordan Cunliffe was one of several boys jailed in 2008 for the brutal slaying of Warrington dad Garry Newlove.

His Pemberton-born mum has since crusaded for a revision of the law of joint enterprise, claiming that her son, who was 16 at the time, did not inflict any injuries on the victim and indeed barely witnessed the horrific attack due to his being partially-sighted.

Joint enterprise attributes guilt to associates of those who directly commit crimes if they either encourage the act and/or do nothing to stop them if it was in their power to do so.

Mrs Cunliffe is a key member of the campaign group Jengba and has since won strong support from a number of prominent figures including the TV screenwriter Jimmy McGovern who penned an award-winning drama on the subject. They recently presented a petition calling for a law change to 10 Downing Street.

But Cunliffe’s attempt to get a reduction in his 12-year minimum term was rejected by a judge at the High Court in London on Tuesday.

Now in his early twenties, Cunliffe is serving life for his part in the alcohol-fuelled murder of the father-of-three.

In his ruling, Mr Justice Mitting said he did not recommend a reduction in the tariff, which is the minimum term to be served before Cunliffe is eligible to apply for release on parole.