February 17 2017 - [⚠️: murder, brutality, graphic details] by Martin Robinson
The family of murdered schoolgirl #paigedohertyare heartbroken after the shop owner who left her with fist-sized stab wounds had his sentence cut by four years today.
John Leathem, 33, admitted killing the 15-year-old when she stopped for a breakfast roll at his Delicious Deli in #Clydebank, #WestDunbartonshire, on March 19 last year.
Paige suffered 61 stab wounds and 85 slashes to her face, head and arms in the 'savage and frenzied' #murder.
Last year he was given a life sentence after he admitted murdering the 15-year-old and told he must serve at least 27 years in jail.
But today judges agreed his sentence should be cut by four years because the killing was not pre-meditated and he had shown contrition.
Her family say they are 'heartbroken' by the decision and expressed their disbelief that Leathem will now be walking the streets earlier.
On their Justice for Paige Facebook page they said: 'The verdict is out. The man who brutally murdered a 15 year old defenceless child has been given more time off his sentence. He will only have to serve 23 years. 'There is no words to describe how we feel. It's heartbreaking and serves no justice to Paige and her family. She had her whole life ahead of her and it's been ripped apart. In 23 years her killer will walk the streets. 'Thank you for your continued support. It will never be forgotten'. He was given a mandatory life sentence at the High Court in Glasgow in October and ordered to spend at least 27 years behind bars, but launched an appeal against the minimum jail term later that month.
Senior judges at the Appeal Court in Edinburgh have now quashed the original punishment and imposed a 23-year sentence.
The judges reduced the sentences because he had since shown remorse and had not pre-planned her murder.
After killing Paige in March last year, Leathem stored her body in a shed at his nearby home before dumping her remains in bushes two days later on March 21.
He was jailed last year as her family screamed 'rot in hell' and 'monster' from the public gallery.