You have been having your says after the decision by judges at the appeal court to cut the sentence of child killer Kathryn Smith. Many of have said that "Life should mean life" as you expressed fury at the decision to cut her jail term for murdering her toddler daughter from 24 years to 19.
The 24-year-old killed her 21-month-old daughter Ayeeshia, by stamping on her so hard her injuries resembled those of a car crash victim. The stamp caused the little girl's heart to stop at her home in Britannia Drive, Stretton.
Smith had hoped to get her conviction for murder thrown out but this was thrown out by judges. But they decided to reduce her minimum life sentence due to her “youth and immaturity”, which will mean Smith will be 43 by the time she is released.
The news has created fury among Burton Mail readers who believe her sentence should be longer.
Mike Thompson, who quoted the Lord Chief Justice said: “Sorry but she should be in for life. The poor baby never had a life only a life of abuse, sick beatings, no doubt many more attacks unknown, so let this monster endure life of torture. Appeal courts and costs of human rights need getting rid of. Only special circumstances should a board be assembled (but) this is not a special case.”
Hayley Smith also questioned the sentence, saying: “How can her sentence be too long in the sense of her age and immaturity? She chose to have a child and then to mistreat and eventually kill her. The sentence originally passed was what (we) would consider to be soft for the crime. It should have been longer.”
Sandy Milton also believes life should be life, saying: “She should never be released at all. Taking that little baby’s life should be enough to keep her in jail for life. Life should mean life too. Not just 25 years. The UK messed up with its justice system and far too soft on her.”
A furious Melanie Attwood agreed. She said: “This has angered me loads. You can't cut a sentence due to youth and immaturity. She killed that innocent child; therefore should serve life.”
Sharon Perry felt Smith’s youth and immaturity should have nothing to do with the sentencing, saying: “Youth and immaturity? So at 24 you are too young to understand that you killed your own child. What utter rot. She knew exactly what she was doing and is now playing the 'poor me' card, funded by the PC brigade. What deterrent is it? She will be out in 19 years. Yet her poor baby is dead. Makes my blood boil.”
Karen Keyte believes Smith is being shown leniency, saying: “Life for a life. Simple as. Her sentence should not be cut. It is shameful someone can cause such awful suffering to a baby and then be shown lenience. How do these people sleep at night?”
Sandra Ryde looked at Smith’s future after jail, citing that Smith could once again become a mother in her 40s. She said: “If she's immature and she's let out early what is to stop her getting pregnant again and abusing a child in the same way? Keep her locked up, out the way. She's not safe.”