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Family of murder victim stabbed 102 times call for tougher sentences

The family of James Attfield who was stabbed to death in Colchester are calling for tougher sentences for those caught using weapons.

They want to see a change in the law so criminals who use weapons face jail on their first offence.

In 2014, James Fairweather robbed a store on the Greenstead estate at knifepoint but was spared jail.

Just three days before he committed his first murder.

Nahid Almanea and James Attfield were killed in Colchester in 2014

Fairweather was 15 years old when he horrifically killed James Attfield and Nahid Almanea in 2014.

Inspired by notorious serial killers, he stabbed 33-year-old Mr Attfield 102 times as he lay drunk and helpless in a park in Colchester in March 2014.

Three months later, he attacked Ms Almanea, 31, with a bayonet and stabbed her in both eyes as she walked along the Salary Brook nature trail in the town.

He was detained for a minimum of 27 years for the murders.

James Fairweather was 15 years old when he terrorised a local community.

The past three years have been heartbreaking for James Attfield's family.

His younger brother has set up a petition calling for compulsory prison sentences for those caught using weapons for the first time, in the hope it'll act as a powerful deterrent.

His mum Julie Finch feels she has been let down by the justice system.

I think if there was a lot higher penalty for the first time someone is caught using a weapon, a knife offensively were given a custodial sentence then we wouldn't have lost Jim and possibly Nahid as well.

– Julie Finch, James Attfield's mum