Louise, who had lived in Haslingden, died after being repeatedly stabbed with a knife and beaten with a large piece of wood in a secluded wooded area behind Towneley Hall, Burnley.Yes, that’s right. The man who organised it got more than the man who carried it out. Shades of this case, albeit not even an accident, this time, but premeditated murder.
The former Haslingden High School and Accrington and Rossendale College student was living at the Elizabeth Street Project hostel, Burnley, at the time she was murdered.
Before a two-week trial at Preston Crown Court in December 2009, Maw pleaded guilty to murder.
The jury later heard Wood had recruited Maw to kill Louise, who had been ‘annoying him’.
Wood was put behind bars for at least 23 years and Maw was handed a minimum term of 18 years and 35 weeks.
He appealed. And lost. And his hired thug got even less!
Lord Justice Pitchford refused to reduce Wood’s term in light of his key role in instigating the offence.This has enraged the family, who have set up a group to protest their poor wee lamb’s brutal treatment at the hands of the justice system.
However, he cut Maw’s term to 16 years and eight months to reflect his guilty plea, youth, and immaturity.
Yesterday Gillian Phillips, who spearheaded the FAWN campaign, vowed to continue to fight on Wood’s behalf.In the comments, this theme continues:
She said: “We will never stop until the truth eventually comes out.”
freeanthonywoodnow, says...I won't directly link to the sites, as I don't wish to have it appear that I support their 'cause' (plus, it's an appallingly designed website - he should get a few more years for that alone!).
Anthony had a trial that was rushed through court, where all the evidence available to prove his innocence was not used. On the evidence provided, the jury had no choice but to bring in their guilty verdict. The justice system in England prevents us from challenging this.
We feel sorry for the memory of Louise in that the person who bludgeoned her to death actually gets his sentence reduced but her friend Anthony gets penalised for trying to stop him.
We would like to thank all Anthony’s family, friends and supporters for their support and belief in him.
We will continue in this fight for justice for Anthony and Louise and will never stop until the truth eventually comes out.
Anyone wanting to show support to Anthony can do so via freeanthonywoodnow.c
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