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Aaron Barley: Sentence increased for mum and son killer


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The sentence of a homeless man who murdered a mother and son who took him in has been increased by the Court of Appeal.Aaron Barley, 24, was jailed for life in October, with a minimum term of 30 years, for killing Tracey Wilkinson, 50, and her 13-year-old son Pierce at their home in Stourbridge.He was also convicted of the attempted murder of Peter Wilkinson, 47.He will now serve a minimum of 34 years and 178 days.Midlands Live: Birmingham to host 2022 Commonwealth Games; rogue gun dealer jailed

Barley stabbed Mrs Wilkinson six times in her bed in the March attack, before murdering her son Pierce in his room.He then stabbed Peter Wilkinson a number of times as he returned from walking the family dog.Barley was taken in by the family after Mrs Wilkinson found him sleeping rough outside a supermarket in 2016.The orphan who turned double murdererHe told police his only regret was that he did not succeed in killing Mr Wilkinson.

Passing sentence in October, Mrs Justice Carr told Barley she did not impose a whole-life tariff “principally because of your youth”.But on Thursday, solicitor general Robert Buckland told the Court of Appeal that Barley’s 30-year sentenced was insufficient in “this most exceptional and grave case”.Barley appeared via videolink from prison as it was agreed by three judges to increase his sentence.Mr Wilkinson and his daughter Lydia, who had been away at university at the time of the attack, were in court.
Source: BBC Black Country