The Home Secretary has ordered a review into the “appalling case” of a woman who was killed by her husband during the first lockdown following criticism that his five-year sentence was too lenient.
Five years, so we know it wasn’t murder.
He was cleared of murder, having already pleaded guilty to manslaughter by diminished responsibility and was sentenced to five years in jail.
OK. So, what’s the problem?
The case was cited by the victims’ commissioner and domestic abuse commissioner for England and Wales on Sunday as they warned “a culture of misogyny throughout the criminal justice system” is potentially seeing men get away with more lenient sentences.
Dame Vera Baird QC and Nicole Jacobs are calling for an independent review for every domestic homicide.
They fear that men receive more lenient sentences and compared Williams’s sentence to the case of Sally Challen, 65, jailed for life in 2011 for bludgeoning her husband Richard to death.
Challen’s conviction was overturned, reclassified to manslaughter and sentenced to time served. Whether she would have got as much if manslaughter had been the original verdict is unknown but they sure as hell weren’t going to leave themselves open to compo claims by sentencing her to less than time served.