Life sentence of Shahid to be reviewed on Oct 17

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BIRKBY: Court of Appeal judges have been asked to review an “unduly lenient” sentence handed to Shahid Mohammed following a public outcry. Shahid Mohammed, who murdered eight members of the Chishti family when he burned down their home in Birkby in 2002, was jailed for life with a minimum term of 23 years.

He was finally brought to justice in August this year after he was extradited from Pakistan where he had fled after skipping bail in West Yorkshire. Following the sentence, there was a public outcry at the minimum tariff set by His Honour Justice Spencer, the Hudderfield Examiner has reported.

ExaminerLive understands that at least one member of the Huddersfield public asked for the tariff to be reviewed.

Immediately after the court case, a Huddersfield woman wrote to the Attorney General to ask for the sentence to be reviewed under the Unduly Lenient Sentence Scheme, which allows the public to submit a review request.

The woman, who does not want to be named, was told this week that the Attorney General’s office was in agreement with her and had sent the case to the Court of Appeal for a hearing on October 17.

A spokeswoman for the Attorney General’s office has confirmed that a member (or members) of the public had submitted the case of Shahid Mohammed to be reviewed under the Unduly Lenient Sentence Scheme and that the Solicitor General had sent the case to the Court of Appeal.

Judges at the Court of Appeal have the power to increase the minimum sentence and they could make a decision on the day the case is heard, October 17.