Killer has his sentence cut

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A jealous and possessive man who murdered his ex-girlfriend in a brutal knife attack has had his minimum jail term cut after an appeal.

Cornelius Leonard Brown repeatedly stabbed Jade Riley-Ward, who worked in Smalley, with four separate knives, ignoring her screams and her pleas for him to stop.

The 23-year-old, of Greenhill Lane, Riddings, was jailed for life and ordered to serve at least 20 years behind bars at Nottingham Crown Court in December, after admitting murder.

But he challenged his minimum term, with his lawyers arguing it was ‘too long’ in light of his youth and the time he had served on remand before being sentenced.

His sentence was reduced, after a hearing at the Criminal Appeal Court in London on May 1, to a minimum of 18 years and 280 days, but top judges refused to cut it further - saying Miss Riley-Ward’s murder was ‘callous in the extreme’ and merited a lengthy tariff.

The judge who passed sentence on Brown said at the original court hearing he had brought ‘devastation’ to the lives of his victim’s family.