Appeal for Reduced Sentence
Jordan McSweeney, convicted in the murder of Zara Aleena, makes an appeal in the Court of Appeal to shorten his minimum sentence.
The Murder of Zara Aleena
Reviewing the murder of Zara Aleena, which took place in Ilford, east London, McSweeney’s lawyer argues that the attack was ‘opportunistic’ and not premeditated.
Controversial Statement in Court
George Carter-Stephenson KC, representing McSweeney, clarifies his position, emphasizing that while there was a sexual motive, the murder itself was not preplanned.
Mitigating Factors Considered
The lawyer mentions the victim’s resistance during the assault but underscores that this does not place blame on the victim.
Unusual Turn in the Proceedings
The hearing is briefly paused when McSweeney leaves the proceedings after the barrister’s statements.
Information emerges that the victim, Zara Aleena, became unconscious early in the attack, leading to discussions on the impact of this on the case.
ADHD as a Factor
McSweeney’s lawyer highlights his client’s ADHD, suggesting it should be taken into account during sentencing.
Crown Prosecution’s Perspective
Oliver Glasgow KC, representing the Crown Prosecution Service, asserts that the claim of McSweeney not intending to kill Ms. Aleena is ‘unsustainable.’
Glasgow argues that McSweeney spent hours stalking women before the attack, emphasizing it was not an impulsive act but a result of planning and premeditation.
No Remorse Shown
The lack of remorse from McSweeney is discussed, highlighting that this behavior persisted for over a year.
The case unfolds before the Court of Appeal, with various legal arguments presented, and is expected to conclude soon.