Family of victim calls for longer sentences

Sharon Barr, who was murdered by her fiance in a jealous rage.
Sharon Barr, who was murdered by her fiance in a jealous rage.

The family of a woman who was murdered by her fiance during a jealous rage have called for longer sentences for killers.

Their plea comes after being told by the Parole Board killer Kevan Clinton, who was originally from Corby, is being transferred to an open prison.

The move would entitle him to apply for home visits and release on temporary licence.

Sharon Barrs, a 36-year-old mother-of-three, was just two weeks away from marrying Clinton when he strangled her in a rage, inSeptember 2003.

Her four-year-old son Regan was in the house at the time but did not witness the killing in Norton Street, Rothwell.

Clinton, then 44, denied murder but admitted manslaughter. After a trial at Northampton Crown Court in August 2004, the jury found him guilty of murder and he was sentenced to life, with an order to serve a minumum of 10 years.

Sharon Barrs’ family is the second in recent weeks to express outrage as killers prepare to apply for release. Widow Gina Haselip, 61, of Corby, was told that Rikki Stewart, the man who stabbed her musician husband Mick to death in the town in 2004, has applied for parole after eight years behind bars.

Sharon’s daughter Sian, 27, of Rothwell, in a letter to the Parole Board, said: “We have all suffered from the effects of losing our mum, daughter, sister. We love, miss and think of her every day and will continue to do so until the end of time. She now has two grandchildren whom she’ll never know.

“To think this man could now be eligible for day releases, family visits and town visits is, in my opinion, an insult to us as a family whose life sentence is to live without my mum.”

Mrs Barr died leaving three children – Sian, Alana, now 25, and their brother Regan, now 13. Since the tragedy he has been brought up by his grandmother, Sharon’s mum, Susan Hinchon of Rothwell.

She said: “My grandson has been left scarred by what happened. There is plenty of help for those who commit murder but very little for the families of the victims. Life should mean life, or at least a decent length of time. We have all suffered at this man’s hands.”