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Appeal bid on Geeling killer term
Michael Hamer
Hamer's minimum term was set at 12 years
Prosecutors are seeking an appeal hearing on the minimum jail term given to a schoolboy's 15-year-old killer.

Michael Hamer repeatedly stabbed Joe Geeling, 11, and then dumped his body in a park in Bury, Greater Manchester.

He was jailed for life for murder last month at Manchester Crown Court, with his minimum term set at 12 years.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said it had asked the attorney general to consider referring the case to the Court of Appeal.

After the sentencing on 16 October, the CPS said Joe's family had expressed concern over Hamer's term and it now hopes the case can be considered again.

Joe Geeling
Joe was lured back to Hamer's home and repeatedly stabbed

A spokeswoman said: "We can confirm that CPS Greater Manchester has asked the Attorney General to consider referring the case of Michael Hamer to the Court of Appeal."

Hamer, who was 14 at the time of the attack, admitted murder at the start of his trial.

He beat Joe repeatedly with a frying pan, before stabbing him 16 times.

Following the trial, Joe's parents, Tom and Gwen, said: "We cannot make any sense whatsoever out of Hamer's actions.

"We feel he will leave us never knowing the truth about the many gaps in his version of events.

"This we find extremely difficult to come to terms with."

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