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Why must I relive the horror yet again?

Byline: Liz Walker

A murderer who gunned down a Middlesbrough dad in front of his wife is bidding to get his sentence reduced for the fourth time - and the third in four months.

And his widow is asking why she is being made to relive the horror yet again.

Cold killer David Fields who blasted Middlesbrough man Peter Homer with a sawn-off shotgun will have his life sentence reviewed for the fourth time on Wednesday.

In June his 18-year minimum tariff was reconsidered by a high court judge as part of a national sentence review - and was ordered to stand.

Fields, 40, who was high on booze and drugs when he pulled the trigger, then made an application to appeal to the Court of Appeal - but it was refused on September 14.

But now he has renewed his application and on Wednesday he will once again try to get a reduction in his punishment for a crime which left a wife without a husband and four children without their "perfect dad".

"Why will they listen to a murderer and not to victims?" asked June Homer, 58, from her new home in Nunthorpe.

"Each time he has his sentence reviewed it brings it all back.

"Why is he being allowed to keep interrupting our lives? Last year he tried to contact me. But I don't want to talk to him - I want to kill him.

"When I got the letter that he was appealing I was fuming. After we went through all that in June we thought we could sit back and wait till his 18 years were up. But now we're on tenterhooks.

"Peter is with me every day in my mind and my heart. But each time he appeals the memories of that night just all come back.

"I keep trying to move on but that man won't let me. Why is he allowed to drain the system of resources?

"They have all the rights, the victims have none."

The Court of Appeal explained that Fields' sentence was reviewed by a judge, along with thousands of other prisoners, after changes in sentencing guidelines came into force.

But, even though his appeal at Crown Court, immediately after his initial sentence, and the recent review did not result in a change to his mininum tarrif, he still has the right to take his case to the Court of Appeal.

A spokeswoman said: "His application for leave to appeal was refused on September 14. He has now renewed the application and this will be heard by three judges on November 15. If it is refused then the matter is finished. If it is granted then the appeal will be heard at a later date."
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Title Annotation:News Local
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Nov 13, 2006
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