Appeal court raises murder jail term of Adam Singer

Adam Singer Image copyright Devon and Cornwall Police
Image caption Adam Singer wanted custody of the couple's 21-month-old daughter

A father who killed his ex-girlfriend while their young daughter slept upstairs has had his minimum jail term increased at the Court of Appeal to 23 years.

Adam Singer, 30, of Glendale Crescent, Salisbury, was jailed in February for the murder of Sally-Ann Harrison.

Singer denied the charge but was found guilty by a jury at Bristol Crown Court in a retrial.

The Court of Appeal increased his minimum term from 18 years.

'Terrible crime'

The Solicitor General, Oliver Heald QC MP, who referred the case to the Court of Appeal, said: "This was a terrible crime which has deprived a young child of both parents I hope this revised sentence offers a degree of comfort and reassurance to the public."

The court heard how in February 2012 Singer and Ms Harrison were no longer a couple but were still living in the same house and were each seeking to be the primary carer of their 21-month-old child.

Prior to the murder, the court heard Singer had discussed with colleagues about killing someone, and had taken an industrial rolling pin from his work at HMS Drake.

On the night of 4 April 2012, the court heard how Singer went to the house that he shared with Ms Harrison and while she sat on the sofa he carried out the attack.

'Callous and selfish'

Senior investigating officer Det Insp Costas Nassaris, said after the sentencing: "We are pleased with the result and glad that justice has finally been done for Sally and her family.

"Sally has been described as a beautiful young woman and loving mother who will be sadly missed by all her friends and family.

"This was a particularly brutal murder of a young mother in her own home whilst her daughter was also in the house.

"Our case was that this was a premeditated murder, which had been planned for some time by Singer.

"Singer claimed he would do anything for his daughter but his only real thought was for himself.

"His callous and selfish act has resulted in his daughter's mother being murdered and her father being imprisoned for life."

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