Long sen­tence ‘only way to pro­tect pub­lic’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

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.”

Pic­ture: Martin Apps

Det Insp Lee White­head

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.