SWIM was shocked to wake up and see this on the news. Some nutjob goes on a walk in the countryside with two so-called friends and stabs them to death with a hunting knife during some sort of psychotic episode. It's like they're suggesting he went insane from smoking cannabis and suddenly attacked these two guys out of nowhere. He had a hunting knife. It must have been pre-meditated. Why can't the media see this?
Jail Term 'Unacceptable'
Updated: 17:20, Tuesday March 20, 2007
The families of two boys murdered by a cannabis addict have described the killer's minimum 20 year jail term as "unacceptable".
Tom Palmer, 20, will serve a minimum of 20 years for murdering Steven Bayliss, 16, and Nuttawut Moechao, 14.
A jury at Reading Crown Court rejected Palmer's admission of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsiblity.
A habitual user of cannabis and a fan of violent horror movies, Palmer butchered the pair with a hunting knife.
The attack took place on a leafy footpath near Wokingham, Berkshire, in September 2005.
The injuries to Steven's neck were so severe that police thought the killer had tried to sever his head from his shoulders.
Victims: Nuttawut and Steven
David Bayliss, Steven's father, said: "We believe that life should mean life as that is what we have been left to serve.
"It is an unacceptable sentence for two murders and we will be appealing against it.
"There will always be an unanswered yearning to hear his laugh and his arms around us. We have lost a beautiful and loving son who we were extremely proud of."
Gerald Pontet, Nuttawut's guardian, said: "The judge is supposed to represent justice.
"He has neither served the jury, the community or the victims and he has sent entirely the wrong message. It is despicable."
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