THE family of a disabled mum who was murdered by her alcoholic boyfriend in Margate in 2005 have told of their shock over his bid to have his sentence cut by the Court of Appeal next month.
Dean Williams, 50, brutally strangled 40 year old Mary Malkin, at a flat in Invicta House, Margate, in January 2005.
He slept beside her body all night before calling police.
Williams had a history of violence against women.
During his trial at Maidstone Crown Court, in October 2005, the jury heard of his attempts to strangle a previous girlfriend.
The family of mother-of-two Ms Malkin, whose right leg had been amputated below the knee, spoke of how he would beat her and take her disability benefit money.
Father-of-three Williams claimed to have no recollection of killing Ms Malkin, and tried to blame it on an intruder, but the jury convicted him of her murder.
He was jailed for the killing for a minimum of 20 years.
In 2006 Williams failed in an appeal against his conviction. But he applied to the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) and it referred his case to the Court of Appeal. Now it has been confirmed the case is expected to be heard in December.
Mary's younger sister Franky Dillon, 42, said: "We are absolutely disgusted, there are no words to describe it.
"I am in shock. I kept thinking it wouldn't happen but now it has."
Williams is hoping to have his sentence downgraded with a plea of diminished responsibility. He claims he suffered brain damage due to alcoholism.
Ms Dillon, a mum-of-six from Broadstairs but now living in Ireland, said: "It's a farce. It is like saying anyone can drink and then do what they want. He has already been found guilty of killing my sister."
Mary's two sons from a previous relationship, Cameron, 15, and Callum, 19, who now live in Birmingham, are said to be horrified by the latest appeal.
A spokesman for the CCRC said: "It considers that new medical evidence of brain damage caused by alcohol dependency syndrome raises the real possibility that the court will choose to substitute Mr Williams' murder conviction with a conviction for manslaughter on grounds of diminished responsibility."
Williams is being represented by Rebecca Trowler QC, of Doughty Street Chambers in London. who has been involved in numerous murder trials, including contract and gang-related killings. She also represented the Forensic Science Service during the Home Office review into the evidence in the Damilola Taylor trial.
Ms Dillion, who runs the Justice for Mary campaign page on Facebook, says her family will travel to London for the appeal.
Find out more about the campaign at www.facebook.com/pages/Justice-for-Mary