A 35-year-old who butchered his elderly parents in their own home after his mother threw a book at him had his sentence slashed by top judges this week.That should be ‘after his mother allegedly threw a book at him', should it?
Or was there a witness?
He later told a psychiatrist that he snapped after his mother hurled a book at him and spoke to him in “derogatory” terms.I guess that’s a ‘no’ then….
Dighton was put behind bars indefinitely for public protection (IPP) - a sentence which is almost identical to a life term - at the Old Bailey last October after he was convicted of manslaughter on grounds of diminished responsibility.And it’s really no surprise he managed to find a bleeding heart judge, is it?
His case reached the Appeal Court as Dighton’s lawyers challenged the 15-year minimum term he was ordered to serve before he can even apply for parole.
Mr Justice Langstaff, sitting with Lord Justice Pill and Mrs Justice Macur, said Dighton had expressed “real remorse” and was guilty of an act of sudden rage against two people he had loved.I’d like to say it’s academic, because there’s still no guarantee he’ll ever be released, but I can guarantee one thing – if he ever is, he won’t be a neighbour of Mr Justice Langstaff, Lord Justice Pill or Mrs Justice Macur, will he?
“We have come to the conclusion that the minimum term for these distressing and horrible offences was simply too high,” concluded the judge, cutting the term from 15 to 12 years.