Marie Low killer’s ‘pal­try’ jail sen­tence could be ap­pealed

rul­ing: Siob­han Rus­sell was sen­tenced to five-and-a-half years for street at­tack

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The Crown Of­fice has re­fused to rule out an ap­peal against a Dundee killer’s prison sen­tence.

Siob­han Rus­sell was jailed for five-and-a-half years af­ter a jury found her guilty of killing Marie Low in a street at­tack.

She armed her­self with a knife be­fore at­tack­ing her vic­tim in Bal­lantrae Ter­race.

Grand­mother-to-be Marie died af­ter Rus­sell in­flicted a sin­gle knife wound to her body dur­ing the as­sault on Septem­ber 4 2016.

Rus­sell was orig­i­nally charged with mur­der­ing the 36-year-old, but was con­victed of the re­duced charge of cul­pa­ble homi­cide.

She was sen­tenced on Wed­nes­day but the Crown Of­fice has now said that they will con­sider ap­peal­ing the rul­ing.

A spokesman said: “As with all cases, the Crown will con­sider the sen­tence

“Five-and-ahalf years is noth­ing. How can you take some­body’s life and get that? NATALIE MCLEAN

and give con­sid­er­a­tion to whether it might be un­duly le­nient.”

It is un­der­stood the Crown Of­fice has 28 days to lodge a for­mal ap­peal against the sen­tence.

Al­bert Low, Marie’s fa­ther, said he would wel­come of­fi­cials tak­ing a sec­ond look at the sen­tence.

He said: “We are happy that this op­tion is be­ing looked at straight away.”

Al­bert pre­vi­ously said the fam­ily went through more than “18 months of hell” af­ter Marie’s death.

He said the sen­tence had given the fam­ily some clo­sure, but de­scribed it as “pal­try”.

The fa­ther-of-five said: “I thought it would have been a min­i­mum of eight to 10 years.

Al­bert added: “I’ll never be able to for­give Siob­han for what she has done.

“I would strug­gle to look at her if I met her in the street when she’s re­leased.

“She has taken my daugh­ter away from me and I will never for­get or for­give for that loss.

“Al­though I don’t agree with the sen­tence, some jus­tice has been served.

“I have to com­mend the po­lice for the way they led the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

Fam­ily mem­ber Natalie McLean, who or­gan­ised an on­line fundraiser to help pay for the mum-of-four’s fu­neral in 2016, said af­ter sen­tenc­ing: “Five-and-ahalf years is noth­ing.

“How can you take some­body’s life and get that?”

Pic­ture: Kris Miller.

Al­bert Low, Marie’s fa­ther, said he would wel­come of­fi­cials tak­ing a sec­ond look at the sen­tence.

Rus­sell was con­victed of the re­duced charge of cul­pa­ble homi­cide.

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