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Jailed couple to serve six years more for BAE murder

A couple jailed for the murder of an ex-BAE worker in East Yorkshire must serve an extra six years each behind bars, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

Three judges in London said the original 20-year minimum terms imposed on Anthony Graham, 41, and Deborah Clark, of Netherton Road in Hull, were "unduly lenient".

The pair were sentenced to life imprisonment in February.

Mikhail Eno, 57, was beaten to death at his home in Hessle last year.

He had sustained more than 200 external injuries in a brutal assault before he was bound, gagged and left to die.

'Appalling and distressing'

Lady Justice Rafferty described it as a "horrific" case before ruling that the original terms were "too low".

She said the couple would have to serve at least 26 years each before they could apply for parole.

Solicitor General Edward Garnier QC, who referred the case to the Court of Appeal, said the couple had taken advantage of a "vulnerable man" living on his own.

"This was an appalling and distressing murder, a view reflected in the decision of the Court of Appeal which today increased the minimum term of the offenders' life sentences from 20 to 26 years."

The couple were convicted at Hull Crown Court in February.

The jury heard how Graham and Clark, 33, stole Mr Eno's possessions to buy drugs after moving into his home on Gisburn Road in Hessle.

He was described as a kind and generous man whose career had been "distinguished".

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