Long sentence ‘only way to protect public’
One of the officers involved in bringing Leonidis Mouzakitis to court said the lengthy sentence proved that attempted homicide was treated as seriously as murder.
Det Insp Lee Whitehead said such a long jail term was the only way “to protect the public from harm”.
The senior investigator in the case said: “He is going to serve at least 18 years of his sentence in prison, and even then he has got to demonstrate that he is no longer a risk to the public so he may serve longer.
“He is a very dangerous man, and his considerable sentence is the only way to protect the public from the risk of his further offending.”
DI Whitehead described 74-year-old victim Wendy Webster as a strong and courageous woman.
“She was very kind to us and to the defendant in this case,” he said. “She is pleased he can’t hurt anyone else and is just sorry the whole thing happened.”
Det Insp Lee Whitehead