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Daniel Pelka's mother and step-father lose their appeal

Magdelena Luczak and Mariusz Krezolek were jailed for at least 30 years in August 2013 for the murder of Daniel in Coventry.The Court of Appeal, in London, upheld the sentences, describing Daniel's suffering as "heartbreaking".


The couple had claimed their sentences were "excessive" but Lady Justice Hallett said the trial judge was "fully entitled to treat this as one of the most serious offences of murder to come before the courts".


The three appeal judges described the application by Krezolek against his conviction as "unarguable".

"That anyone could treat a child this way is incomprehensible. That his mother and stepfather could is beyond any belief and understanding," said Lady Hallett.

"In the context of weeks, if not months, of sustained cruelty designed to cause suffering to a four-year-old child, culminating in that child's death, in our judgment, a lack of intention to kill adds very little by way of mitigation.

"Both applicants were plainly far more concerned about their own future and their own responsibility than about getting help to a dying child.

Full story:http://www.bbc.co.uk/