The woman jailed for slitting the throat of 7-year-old Emily Jones has had her prison term increased.
Woman who killed Emily Jones has prison sentence increased: A judge claimed the original sentence had been ‘calculated in error’. Eltiona Skana, 30, and a paranoid schizophrenic, was last month jailed for the minimum term of 8 years. After killing Emily in a park in Bolton. However the judge has now increased it to 10 years and 8 months before she will be able to apply for parole.
In a brief hearing at Teesside Crown Court Mr Justice Wall explained that he arrived at the original term by halving the notional determinate sentence of 16 years. He said “However, when I passed that sentence I had forgotten from 1 April 2020 the law as to the minimum period to be served by a violent or sexual offender whose sentence was or exceeded seven years was two thirds and not one half of the sentence. Thus the minimum term which I set, and which was based on the premise that had I passed a determinate sentence the defendant would only have had to serve half her sentence before being eligible for release on parole, was calculated in error.
It is an error to which all in court fell, for which I take full responsibility.” Skana attented the hearing via video from Rampton Hospital, where she is currently a patient. The judge had ruled previously that Skana retained “a significant amount of responsibility’ and handed her an order stating she will go to prison for the rest of her sentence should her illness improve.
The Albanian national, who first came to the UK in 2014 after claiming asylum, had a long history of mental illness and had not been taking her anti-psychotic medication. She admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
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