A family, whose four-old-boy was murdered last year in their family home, have launched an online petition to keep their son’s killer behind bars indefinitely.
Anwar Rosser was handed a whole-life jail term in February, for the murder of little Riley Turner in January 2013.
Whilst his parents and twin brother slept, Riley was strangled and stabbed to death by Rosser in the family home on Harewood Road, Bracken Bank.
Now, after hearing of an appeal put forward by Rosser against his sentence, Riley’s family, alongside Keighley-based ‘Stop the Thieves’ crime group, have launched an online petition to ensure ‘life means life’.
The petition on change.org has already gathered more than 5,500 signatures in a fortnight, calling on the Court of Appeal to overturn the ruling which allows the 33-year-old killer a chance to have a full hearing in his grounds of appeal.
Dee Edwards is the petition organiser and explained why it was so vital to keep the ‘dangerous man’ in prison.
She said: “Anwar Rosser pleaded guilty to the murder, and was branded ‘an exceptionally dangerous man’ who could kill another child, by the sentencing judge, Mr Justice Coulson, sitting at Bradford Crown Court in February this year.
“The judge said the murder was a gross breach of trust of Riley’s family, and he told Rosser he ‘must go to prison for life’. Psychiatric reports showed he did not have mental health problems which he had claimed and this was not his first offence.
“Riley’s family are distraught at the Court of Appeal decision to grant a full hearing in his bid to overturn his whole-life prison sentence. They have just moved back into the house after 16 months because Riley's twin brother kept asking when they could go home.”
She added: “Rosser’s legal team lodged the appeal against the sentence in March and the Appeal Court judge has now ruled that it should progress to a full court hearing which is likely to set a legal precedent about the rights of British courts to impose whole-life tariffs following a European Court ruling.”
If you would like to show your support for the family and sign the petition, please visit change.org and search for Riley Turner.