Thousands sign petition to send South Shields mum’s killer to jail

Melissa Liddle
Melissa Liddle

A petition launched by the cousin of a South Tyneside mum who was stabbed to death by her jealous boyfriend is gathering pace.

Nikki Keighley is calling for the sentence on killer Anthony Ross to be looked at again.

If everyone can continue to keep sharing it, as we need as many people as we can to support this, and hopefully it might get to the right people.

Nikki Keighley

Ross was handed an indefinite hospital order in February 2016, after pleading guilty to the manslaughter of Melissa Liddle on the grounds of diminished responsibilty.

He had stabbed the 23-year-old mother to his two children, 41 times.

Her body was discovered by her brother Liam and stepdad David Keighley at the property the couple shared in Oak Avenue, South Shields, on March 15, 2015 - Mother’s Day.

Liam was unable to cope with what he saw that day and later took his own life.

Less than three years since the order was imposed it is feared Ross could be handed unescorted leave in the community.

The petition launched five days ago has attracted more than 3,500 signatures.

It calls for Ross to now be handed a prison sentence for killing Melissa, if medics deem him fit to be granted the unsupervised leave.

Miss Keighley said: “On behalf of the family we can’t thank everyone who has signed the petition and shared it on social media enough.

“It has been less than four years since he killed our Melissa, unescorted leave from the hospital shouldn’t even be considered - nothing should.

“We know one day he will be let out, but he has served no time at all.

“Everyone I speak to is in agreement, if he is fit enough to even be considered for unescorted leave then he’s well enough for prison.

“I am trying my best. I’m sharing the petition all the time on Facebook.

“If everyone can continue to keep sharing it, as we need as many people as we can to support this, and hopefully it might get to the right people.”

To sign the petition visit www.change.org/p/ministry-of-justice-please-stop-brutal-killer-anthony-ross-from-being-granted-release