A sexual predator who stalked and murdered law graduate Zara Aleena has won an appeal to reduce the minimum term of his life sentence.
Jordan McSweeney, 29, stalked at least five women before he targeted 35-year-old Ms Aleena in Ilford, east London, as she walked home after spending an evening with friends in the early hours of June last year.
McSweeney then sexually assaulted her and left her for dead in an attack that lasted nine minutes and left Ms Aleena with 46 separate injuries resulting in her death after being rushed to hospital.
McSweeney, who refused to attend his sentencing hearing, was handed a life sentence with a minimum term of 38 years in December after admitting Ms Aleena’s murder and sexual assault.
In a ruling on Friday, three judges at the Court of Appeal in London found the sentencing judge had imposed too high an “uplift” to the minimum term, replacing it with a life sentence with a minimum term of 33 years.
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