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Murderer has his sentence
reduced by Court of Appeal

     
       
   
A MAN convicted of killing his fiancé in Withernsea in September 2015 has had his sentence reduced by two years at the Court of Appeal.
Tony Jobling, 53, received a life term prison sentence with a minimum of 20 years for the murder of Samantha Atkinson, known as Petra, at Sheffield Crown Court in March 2016.
An appeal over his sentencing was heard at the Court of Appeal in London on Wednesday, January 31, where judges cut his sentence to a minimum 18 years before he can apply for parole. They found the original sentence‘excessive.’
Judges at the court, Lady Justice Macur, Mrs Justice Elisabeth Laing and Judge Neil Bidder, described the attack as “short-lived” and said there was a lack of intent to kill. But Lady Justice Macur said the decision did not undervalue Ms Atkinson’s life saying as a mother and daughter ‘she had so much to give.’
42-year-old Petra Atkinson was murdered in a violent attack by her fiancée Tony Jobling in September 2015. She was brutally stabbed at her home on Heather Avenue in Withernsea and died at Hull Royal Infirmary.
Several of her family members bravely attended the Appeal Court to hear the outcome of Jobling’s sentence appeal where Lady Justice Macur commended them for their dignity.
Following the original trial two years ago Humberside Police’s Senior Investigating Officer Detective Chief Inspector Wendy North said: “Petra Atkinson suffered horrific injuries at the hand of her fiancée Tony Jobling. He then, with calculated foresight injured himself using the same weapon he had attacked Petra with in order to fabricate a false defence.
“He did all of this before he called for an ambulance. Despite the valiant efforts of the call taker trying to instruct Jobling in first aid, he did absolutely nothing to assist Petra who lay bleeding to death.”
Following her death two and a half years ago tributes poured in for Ms Atkinson.
The mother of three had worked for a number of years as a teaching assistant at Keyingham Primary School.
At the time headteacher Sandra Edmiston said: “Petra was a very special person who was a popular member of the team and will be greatly missed by us all. She was a genuinely caring person who’d do anything for anyone, she really did have a heart of gold. She touched the lives of so many people in so many different ways.”
Friends of Petra described her as “bubbly” and a “lovely girl”.
In 2015 the Pier Hotel in Seaside Road, Withernsea, where she also worked for a time, a plaque was placed above the bar which simply said “Petra Atkinson 1972-2015.”
 
         
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