Sophie Lancaster killer has sentence reduced

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One of the killers who murdered Sophie Lancaster in 2007 has had his sentence reduced once again meaning he could get out in the next two years.

Ryan Herbert was given a life sentence after admitting to killing the 20-year-old girl, also admitting to causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

He was sentenced to a minimum of 16 years and three months which was then reduced to 15 and a half years.

The reason behind his sentence being reduced is good behaviour including taking on a mentoring role in a rehabilitation programme.

The judge said evidence from professionals at the prison in Suffolk where Herbert was moved to in 2017 indicated significant improvement since his last review.

The vicious attack on Sophie and her boyfriend was carried out by Herbert and five other teenage boys where they kicked Sophie and her boyfriend to death for being goths.

It is said the attack was so violent that later paramedics couldn’t distinguish whether they were male or female. Her boyfriend woke up from the coma a few days later but Sophie died as a result from her injuries.

There is now a Sophie Lancaster Foundation set up by her mum, to continue her memory.

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