Three years - is that all my son is worth?

PUBLISHED: 13:37 23 April 2008 | UPDATED: 22:28 26 October 2009

Three years – is that all John was worth? That was the question asked by a grieving family who watched as a dad-of-two s murderer was locked up for just THREE years. Potters Bar man John Redhead was killed by Mark Russell. Ex-girlfriend Kelly Sanchez

Three years - is that all John was worth?"

That was the question asked by a grieving family who watched as a dad-of-two's murderer was locked up for just THREE years.

Potters Bar man John Redhead was killed by Mark Russell.

Ex-girlfriend Kelly Sanchez egged on Russell as he stabbed defenceless John four times in cold blood.

Last month a jury unanimously found her guilty of murder by aiding and abetting Russell.

But on Friday Judge Michael Baker sentenced her to three years, minus the 95 days she had already served.

John's family was in court and were insulted by the sentence.

Speaking exclusively to the Potters Bar Edition outside the court John's mother said: "Three years - is that all John was worth? She killed my boy."

Sister Elaine said: "This girl was found guilty by 12 everyday men and women.

"They endured the dreadful details of the case and watched CCTV footage the same as we did.

"They knew she was guilty.

"The judge, for whatever reason felt the need to make excuses for her.

"He made allowances for her age - 21 - and more worryingly, made allowances for her being under the influence of alcohol and illegal class A drugs.

"Is it not the duty of the judge to punish those who take these substances, not make allowances for them?

"This girl knew our brothers children, but she still instigated his murder.

"She knew our family and has been in our homes.

"We have been living a nightmare since the day John died on August 26 last year.

"It'll never end for us, so why did the judge feel the need to kick us, so hard, in the teeth?

"This girl went from crying to laughing as soon as the judge gave his sentence.

"We hope the judge realises what he has done.

"For our part, we'll do everything possible to get this girl's sentence increased to what she deserves.

"We hope that neither of them ever comes out of prison.


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