THERE will be no attempt to extend the prison sentence handed to the man who was found guilty of murdering Dorset millionaire Sir Richard Sutton.
The Attorney General's Office (AGO) concluded it would not make a referral to the Court of Appeal over the sentencing of Thomas Schreiber following his convictions for Sir Richard's murder and the attempted murder of his own mother, Anne Schreiber.
The AGO received a request to review the life sentence with a minimum term of 36 years behind bars which the 35-year-old received last month at Winchester Crown Court following a trial.
A spokesperson for the ministerial department said: “The Solicitor General was shocked and saddened by this case and wishes to express his sympathies to Anne Schreiber and the family of Sir Richard Sutton.
“After careful consideration the Solicitor General has concluded that this case cannot properly be referred to the Court of Appeal.
"A referral under the unduly lenient sentence scheme to the Court of Appeal can only be made if a sentence is not just lenient but unduly so, such that the sentencing judge made a gross error or imposed a sentence outside the range of sentences reasonably available in the circumstances of the offence.
"The threshold is a high one, and the test was not met in this case.”
As reported, Thomas Schreiber, of Gillingham, Dorset, has submitted an application to the Court of Appeal to challenge his conviction and sentence.
This request is in the early stages and will first be considered by a single judge over whether to give leave to appeal.
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