KILLER OF RILEY TURNER AGED 4 WINS APPEAL ON FULL LIFE TERM.  Please sign and share petition to overturn the decision just 3 months after sentencing
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Court of Appeal (Ministry of Justice)
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Chris Grayling MP

KILLER OF RILEY TURNER AGED 4 WINS APPEAL ON FULL LIFE TERM. Please sign and share petition to overturn the decision just 3 months after sentencing

    1. Dee Edwards
    2. Petition by

      Dee Edwards

      Caernarfon, United Kingdom

Riley was murdered in January 2013, attacked while he was sleeping in his bed in his own home.  He died of strangulation and multiple stab wounds.  He was 4 years old.  His  twin brother, younger brother and parents were asleep in the house at the time of the attack.

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.

Rileys 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. 

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.  Riley's parents were not informed of this decision, they saw it in their local newspaper

Please sign and share this petition to stop the appeal and to keep Rosser in prison to ensure he can never hurt anyone again. 

On behalf of Riley's family, thank you in advance for your support

Court of Appeal (Ministry of Justice), Ministry of Justice
Chris Grayling MP, Lord Chancellor
Killer of 4 year old Riley Turner Wins Appeal 3 months after being given whole life term. Help us to overturn the decision to allow Anwar Rosser the appeal. He was convicted of murdering 4 year old Riley Turner while he was asleep in his bed in his own home.

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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 8,000 signatures
    2. I have changed the amount of signatures needed to 20,000.

      Dee Edwards
      Petition Organizer

      please keep sharing this petition. This really does affect everyone. If this appeal has a positive outcome for Riley's killer it will mean every single prisoner serving a whole life term can appeal their sentence

      Thank you for your ongoing support


      Dee Edwards
      Petition Organizer

      We want to keep this petition open until the press and the courts take notice. Does anyone know how to extend the amount of signatures. We are almost at 7,500. Thank you everyone who has signed, please keep sharing.

    4. Reached 7,000 signatures

      Dee Edwards
      Petition Organizer

      Press release has been sent tonight to the press association and all other media contacts. Only 803 away from 5000. We will keep petition open after 5,000 is reached and until this decision is overturned.

      Today Riley should have been celebrating his 6th birthday with his parents and two brothers.

      thanks for your continued support

    6. Reached 4,000 signatures
    7. We now have 3,701 signatures

      Dee Edwards
      Petition Organizer

      We are hoping to reach 5,000 before tomorrow, keep signing and sharing. thank you


      Dee Edwards
      Petition Organizer

      The petition will go to Court of Appeal as Attorney Generals office say they cant help.

      Your support has been absolutely brilliant. 3,310 signatures in 48 hours. l have a feeling we will pass the 5,000 before Monday. Keep going. All the better if we pass 5,000. We have to make a stand against all murderers being allowed to appeal. With such obvious evidence of guilt this should never have been allowed. Riley and his family have been through enough and they and their other children deserve to grieve in peace and somehow build a life without their precious son. They are so thankful for all your support

    9. Reached 3,000 signatures
    10. Reply to Attorney General

      Dee Edwards
      Petition Organizer

      Despite what the ATO states we are still carrying on with this petition. On Monday it will be Riley's 6th birthday. His family will celebrate with his twin and baby brothers. We will add Judges and Appeal Courts to the petition and keep signing. So many people are sharing and re-sharing and Riley's mum and dad cant thank you all. Can we get 5,000 signatures by money as a tribute to Riley? We wont stop at 5000, we chose that number being optimistic but in 24 hours 2,915 people have signed.

      Rosser does not deserve an appeal, he must be kept in prison until he dies for the sake of all of our children. Please also remember this is not his first offence

      Please ignore all reports of him being a former soldier, he didn't even pass basic training and calling him a soldier is disrespectful to our armed forces.

    11. Reached 2,500 signatures
    12. Decision-maker Dominic Grieve MP, QC, Attorney General responds:

      Dominic Grieve MP, QC, Attorney General

      Message from the Attorney General's Office (AGO)

      We have received a number of emails about the petition on protesting at Anwar Rosser being allowed to appeal his whole life sentence for the murder of Riley Turner. Dee Edwar...

    13. Reached 2,000 signatures
    14. Midnight

      Dee Edwards
      Petition Organizer

      Its midnight and I am off to bed. Just to say a huge thank you - the total now stands at 1,576 signatures. Your support is very much appreciated

    15. Reached 1,500 signatures

      Dee Edwards
      Petition Organizer

      This petition was started at 7.00 pm today and now at 9.30 pm we just hit 1000 signatures. Thanks for all your support for Riley's parents and brothers x

    17. Reached 1,000 signatures
    18. 591 in 2 hours

      Dee Edwards
      Petition Organizer

      591 signatures in 2 hours. Thank you all so much

    19. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • about 2 hours ago

      This evil killer took away an innocent life in the most heinous manner with no remorse. This county and the justice sytem needs to get a grip and toughen up now because people are losing faith. He should be locked up 24 hours a day with no pleasures or luxuries of ANY kind. These things cost money this country doesnt have and his human rights should be removed entirely. Life for a life. This evil man has cost far too much already. I'm signing this petition with dwindling hopes that this man spends every day of the rest of his life with nothing but his thoughts behind bars.

      • about 8 hours ago


    • billy mcgrail GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 10 hours ago

      Hé should never be allowed outside prison until hes took out in a coffin !!!

    • Barbara Clifford DUBLIN, IRELAND
      • about 10 hours ago

      I am a mum of two and if someone did that to mine I'd want justice

    • Shanna Moontagne SPENCERVILLE, CANADA
      • about 18 hours ago

      I have kids


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