Triple murderer Carl Mills sees jail term raised to 35 years
11:37am Tuesday 15th October 2013 in News
A JEALOUS alcoholic who torched his teenage girlfriend's Cwmbran home, killing three generations of one family, has had his 30-year minimum term increased to 35 years by Court of Appeal judges.
The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas, sitting with two other judges in London, ruled that the tariff imposed in the case of Carl Mills, now 29, was "unduly lenient".
Mills, who was jailed for life at after being found guilty of the three of Kim Buckley, 46, her daughter Kayleigh, 17, and six-month-old granddaughter and his daughter Kimberley died in the "horrific" fire on Tillsland, Coed Eva in Cwmbran in September last year.
Mills, who watched today's proceedings via video-link from prison, must now serve at least 35 years behind bars before he can apply for parole.
Speaking after today's hearing Solicitor General, Oliver Heald QC MP, who referred the sentence to the Court of Appeal for review, said: "It is hard to overstate the seriousness of this crime.
"Carl Mills murdered three generations of the same family, leaving a chasm of grief.
"I asked the Court of Appeal to look again at this sentence, as despite it being a life sentence with a term of 30 years minimum, the fact remains that Mills denied having set the fire and maintained that stance at trial.
"I am thankful that the Court of Appeal has today increased his minimum term to 35 years and I can only hope this offers some degree of reassurance to the public."
Lord Thomas said there were a number of "serious" aggravating factors in the case.
It was evident, he said, that "the murders of the three members of the family took place against a background of controlling and abusive behaviour by the offender".
"It is also important to bear in mind that it was his own child that was killed by him."
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