Last year we looked at the senseless murder of Alan Greaves and the 25 year tariff handed down to Johnathan Bowling as a result.
We like to try and follow up cases where possible, so this is to say that we found out on 27th February 2014 that Mr Bowling has lost his appeal against the length of the sentence.
There was a hearing in open court, but The Lord Chief Justice is reported as saying that the application had no merit, so it appears that the paper application had already been turned down by the Single Judge (see our fact sheet on appeals for more information).
We said “It is likely that there will be an appeal, but Mr Bowling shouldn’t get his hopes up too much“. Whilst the outcome was correct it seems that the reasoning of the judge was different. The sentencing judge took a starting point of 30 years before giving full credit for the plea if guilty. We went a different route, but with the same outcome.
At the moment, the transcript is not available.