24-year-old Aaron Wilkinson today begins a jail term for the manslaughter of 52-year-old Judith Garnett.
Aaron joined the UK Territorial Army in 2009 when he was 19. Aaron went on to complete a six-month tour of duty in Afghanistan. On this tour he experienced all of the hell of war. He sustained an injury during a fierce battle with the Taliban and saw first hand the destruction that bombs inflict. During his trial the court heard that Wilkinson witnessed three Afghan soldiers being blown up.
Ms Garnett had known her killer since he was a young teenager. She had helped him in the past and he was lodging with her at the time of her death. After he had returned from Afghanistan the regular army turned down his application. A dispute with Garnett followed and Wilkinson shot her in the head and the chest, in January 2011. This happened in Ms Garnett's home.
On April of this year Wilkinson was cleared of her murder but found guilty of manslaughter.
His defence was that he was in a sort of trance at the time of the shooting and was unable to explain his actions. The court accepted this, assessing that he was suffering from PTSD, post traumatic stress disorder, and Asperger's Syndrome. This it was claimed explained why he could not restrain himself from carrying out the killing.
Today he was sentenced to a minimum term in jail of five years. Whilst most people will have some understanding of his problems where does such a sentence leave the victims family? They are said to be gutted at this relatively light sentence.
Wilkinson's sentence was actually of an indeterminate length of time, for the public protection, but with a minimum term of five years. This does however mean that he could be a free man much sooner than is justice for Ms Garnett and her family.
The Garnett family have said they will launch an appeal.
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