Court Increases Killer’s Jail Sentence

A homeless man who murdered two members of a Stourbridge family has had his “unduly lenient” sentence increased by the Court of Appeal.
Aaron Barley stabbed and killed 13-year-old Pierce Wilkinson and his mother, Tracey, in their Norton home in a premeditated attack in March. 
When Peter Wilkinson, Tracy’s husband and Pierce’s father, returned from walking the family dog, Barley stabbed him multiple times, inflicting near-fatal injuries.
The fourth member of the family, Lydia, was at University at the time of the attack.
The Wilkinson’s had been helping Barley to find a home, and even invited him to spend Christmas day with them.
After he pleaded guilty to the murders at Birmingham Crown Court, Barley was sentenced to a minimum of 30 years in prison. Today, the Court of Appeal increased that minimum to 35 years.
Speaking after the hearing, the solicitor general, Robert Buckland, who had appealed the original jail term, said: “Aaron Barley’s attack on the Wilkinson family was a truly despicable crime.
“The Wilkinson family had gone out of their way to help him and he repaid their kindness with a brutal attack which devastated their family.
“My thoughts are with Peter and Lydia Wilkinson particularly and I hope they can find some comfort in the increased sentence today.”

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