Chiswick teen to appeal murder conviction

Indrit Krasniqi looking to reduce his sentence

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A Chiswick teenager who was involved in the torture and murder of Mary Ann Leneghan is to appeal against his sentence and conviction.

Indrit Krasniqi was told he must serve at least 23 years for a range of offences.

According to the Criminal Appeal Office he has launched the appeal at the same time as three other members of the gang involved are appealing against either their sentence or their convictions. It is not known at this stage what the grounds are for the appeals.

Krasniqi was part of the group that tortured and killed the 18 year old girl and shot her friend leaving her for dead. The judge recommended that he be deported when he has completed his sentence. He, like the other members of the gang, received quadruple life sentences on the counts of murder, attempted murder and kidnap, as well as concurrent terms for the further charges. Four of the six gang members were given sentence of at least 27 years.

The attack on Mary-Ann Leneghan and her 18 year old friend was carried out in revenge for a drugs related robbery which the gang believed the girls had set up. The girls were sexually assaulted and tortured during a prolonged ordeal. Mary-Ann was killed by a stab wound to the neck but, despite being shot in the head, her friend survived, regained consciousness and managed to flag down a passing motorist after being left for dead in a park.

After the sentences were given out, Mary Ann Leneghan's family described them as 'brilliant'. Krasniqi was the only member of the gang to show any remorse when the original sentences were announced.

June 18, 2006