Family of Adam Vincent forced to wait for decision over murderers' appeal to have sentences cut
THE grieving family of murdered Adam Vincent will have to wait up to another month to find out if his vicious killers will have their sentences cut.
His father Keith Vincent told the Grimsby Telegraph of his anger at the appeal by Thomas Griffiths, 23, Mark Anthony Jackson, 28, Luke Griffiths, 20, and Lee Griffiths, 44, to have their minimum prison sentences reduced.
Yesterday, their case was heard at London’s Appeal Court, but the judges felt they needed time to go over the case and reserved judgement, meaning a decision will not be made for between two and four weeks.
Keith, 61, said the hearing had brought back the hurt and pain of the loss of his son and he revealed he is having to undergo further counselling with professionals.
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He said: “It has brought back all the pain again. The justice system in this country is a laugh.”
As reported, Adam, 33, was murdered in March last year and his dismembered body parts scattered in waterways at Tetney Lock and The River Ancholme, near Brigg.
The family gang members were convicted of murder and perverting the course of justice at Sheffield Crown Court in January this year following a lengthy trial.
Thomas Griffiths got a minimum of 27 years, Jackson at least 29 years, Luke Griffiths 26 years and Lee Griffiths a minimum of 32 years.
Lawyers for the four men argued that the minimum terms they must serve before applying for release are “manifestly excessive”.
Today, Keith said: “To spend another 14 days going over it all again brings it all back for us. I am going to have to wait 14 days at least for an outcome and I have been told again that there will be no compensation for Adam, pictured.
“Where is the justice in this country?
“I am not asking for thousands (of pounds) and no amount of money can replace my son, but it might allow us to erect a bench in his memory.
“With the appeal as well I am disappointed in the criminal justice system. The judges have had all this time to look at the case. I am so angry.
“They (the defendants) are just kicking the ball about. They have nothing to lose. If they reduce their sentences, will my son’s sentence be reduced?
“Where is my justice? All I want is peace of mind and to make sure they serve their sentences.
He plans to lay a wreath at his son’s grave in Scartho cemetery for Christmas.
Relatives regularly gather at the graveside to remember the much-loved son.
The Court of Appeal heard how Adam, who had lived with the Griffiths family in Scartho, was shot with air rifle pellets, and punched and beaten in the weeks before his death.
In March last year, his severed leg was found by birdwatchers at Tetney Lock, and other parts in the River Ancholme, near Brigg.
Timothy Barnes QC, representing Thomas Griffiths, said the sentencing judge “put it far too high” when he said the killing was a necessary action in enforcing the Griffiths family’s drug supply business.
The QC said: “Mr Vincent’s death was not necessary in any way to preserve the commercial business of the Griffiths family.
“Mr Vincent was in no way a commercial rival. He was a long-standing heroin addict dealing in minor quantities to fund his own addiction.”
Mr Barnes said it was suggested the killing may have been in revenge for Mr Vincent having cheated dealers in transactions he was involved in.
But revenge could not be equated with a killing for gain, for which much longer than usual minimum prison terms are passed, he continued.
After considering the arguments, Lord Justice Hughes, Mr Justice Ramsey and Mr Justice Irwin said they would give their decision on the appeals at a later date.
Lord Justice Hughes said: “In order to do justice to the careful submissions that have been made to us, we think we will have to reserve the judgment.”