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Police appealing Handford killer's sentence

Ken Handford with his grandson Image by Leah handford murder victim Springbank 90yo

Police will appeal the sentence handed to Jonothan Cooper, the man convicted with the murder of a Springbank man, found dead on his 90th birthday.

Cooper pleaded guilty to murder, aggravated burglary and theft and on April 21 was sentenced to 16 years imprisonment with a non-parole period of 13.

The close of court today [Friday 19 May] was the deadline for the Director of Public Prosecutions to lodge an appeal.

It comes after grandaughter Leah Handford launched a change.org petition less than 2 weeks ago, calling for the appeal as well as new sentencing laws to better reflect community standards. 

As of 4pm today it had 30,780 names.