Loved Ones Petition for a Harsh Sentence

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Loved Ones Petition for a Harsh Sentence


Byline: Lisa Hutchinson Reporter lisa.hutchinson@ncjmedia.co.uk

CRUELLY killed on Mother's Day, Melissa Liddle's children will grow up without the most important person in their lives. So heartbroken are her friends and family they have set up an online petition to call for the "severest sentence possible" for her killer.

The 23-year-old mum was killed by her childhood sweetheart Anthony Ross. She was found stabbed to death in the home the couple shared in Oak Avenue, South Shields, South Tyneside.

And she has left behind Lewis, five, and one yearold Ollie.

The killing, on Sunday, March 15, shocked the community and left her family and friends devastated.

When Ross appeared in court charged with murder last month, the prosecution accepted a guilty plea to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

The online petition is to Secretary of State for Justice Michael Gove and disputes the Crown Prosecution Service decision to proceed with the lesser charge. They are appealing to the judge to get tough with Ross, who is remanded in custody, when he is sentenced on September 7. The petition currently stands at more than 2,000 signatures.

It says: "Whilst amazed and astounded that her partner is only being charged with manslaughter due to diminished responsibility, we want to take this opportunity in imploring the judicial system and, more importantly, the presiding judge overseeing the sentencing, to pass the most severest sentence possible."

Barbara Marshall, a close family friend, who launched the petition, said: "We are all so devastated over what happened to Melissa. She had so much ambition and wanted to open her own florist's, but she was so cruelly killed.

"We have set up this petition to give Melissa a voice. …

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