Friday 24 November 2017

Double-killer mother loses appeal

Fiona Donnison, 45, who will appeal against her sentence today.
Fiona Donnison, 45, who will appeal against her sentence today.
Elise, aged 2, and Harry Donnison, aged 3

Jan Colley in London

A MOTHER who murdered her two young children and placed their bodies in holdalls in the boot of her car has lost her appeal against her sentence.

Former City worker Fiona Donnison (45) of Lightwater, Surrey, was given two life sentences and ordered to serve at least 32 years behind bars last August, after jurors convicted her of the murders of three-year-old Harry and two-year-old Elise.

She sat with her head bowed in the Court of Appeal in London yesterday and showed no emotion as three judges rejected argument that the minimum term was too long.

The judge said: "In our judgment, the judge's decision about the relevant mimimum term in this dreadful case was within the appropriate range and there is no basis with which we should interfere with the assessment that a minimum term of 32 years should be served."

Donnison went into Heathfield police station in East Sussex on the morning of January 27, 2010, and told officers she had killed her children.

A search of the area located them in the boot of her Nissan car, which was parked in Mill Close, Heathfield, around the corner from Meadowside, the former family home.

Jurors at Lewes Crown Court found her unanimously guilty of murder after hearing she had smothered them with their bedding the night before.

The trial judge had described the murders as "deliberate and wicked acts".

Irish Independent

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