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