Killer’s Bid for Reduced Sentence: McSweeney’s Appeal in the Court of Appeal

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.

Early Unconsciousness

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.’

Deliberate Act

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.

Pursuing Justice

The case unfolds before the Court of Appeal, with various legal arguments presented, and is expected to conclude soon.

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