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Mother and stepfather of Daniel Pelka lose appeals

The mother and stepfather of murdered schoolboy Daniel Pelka have both lost a Court of Appeal challenge to their life sentences.

Magdelena Luczak and Mariusz Krezolek were ordered to spend at least 30 years behind bars for killing four-year-old Daniel, who was beaten to death in March 2012 after months of being starved and mistreated.

They had argued their sentences were "excessive".

Magdelena Luczak and Mariusz Krezolek Credit: West Midlands Police

Daniel weighed just 1st 9lbs when he died, having been denied food, forced to perform punishment exercises, locked in a box room, poisoned with salt and tortured.

Rejecting their appeal at the court today, Lady Justice Hallett described Daniel's suffering and death as "heartbreaking".

She said the trial judge had been "fully entitled to treat this as one of the most serious offences of murder to come before the courts".

Daniel Pelka was killed in March 2012 Credit: West Midlands Police

Krezolek had also appealed against his conviction, which was also thrown out by the appeal court judges.

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