'Thought of killer coming out is terrifying for me'
A SANDFIELDS woman whose mother was killed when she was just six is backing a campaign for life sentences to mean life.
Stacey Griffiths said she's been left unable to trust anyone since her mum, Mary Button, was killed in 1989, by an ex-boyfriend.
The night her mother died Miss Griffiths spent the evening at her father's house.
Terrence Brown was convicted of murder and given a life sentence. But in 1992, this conviction was quashed.
A verdict of manslaughter was substituted and Brown received an eight-year jail sentence, of which he served four. He was released in July 1993.
But just two years later and on the exact same date of his first killing — February 26 — Brown went on to murder his then girlfriend, Tina Doyle, in Weymouth and was again sentenced to life.
But Miss Griffiths now says he's due for parole on that 18-year sentence — and is calling for people to back a Government e-petition she has posted on Facebook.
"I want this law for life to mean life to come out before he's up for parole in a couple of months," said Miss Griffiths.
"I've downloaded a petition from the government onto Facebook today, and the response I've had is unbelievable — it's been signed by hundreds."
The 31-year-old says she's been left scarred by the violent death of her mother, who was strangled while she slept.
She said: "I am under a psychiatrist and on medication.
"Because I wasn't given counselling when it happened, they're starting that with me now.
"The thought of him coming out in a couple of months is terrifying for me.
"I'm single and have no children because I can never trust anyone — he's ruined my life."
The petition is available on epetitions.direct.gov.uk and closes on October 5.