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The sister of a teenager who was brutally murdered in a hotel a decade ago is campaigning for her killer to be ‘locked up forever’.
Sasha Marsden was just 16 when she was raped and stabbed to death in 2013 by David Minto, 33, after he lured her to the Grafton House Hotel in Blackpool on the promise of a job.
Sasha Marsden pictured with her nephew Len. Ms. Brett said the family would celebrate her sister’s life on the 10th anniversary of her death, to remind people of all they have missed.
Katie Brett said the family was campaigning for all assault victims who have lost their lives due to ‘s*xual deviance’.
‘When you look at the sentencing guidelines, they state that he should have received a life order.
‘Minto, who killed my sister, was sentenced to only 35 years.
“But it’s not just for Sasha that I’m campaigning for, I’m campaigning for all these victims who are children who have lost their lives due to s*xual deviance.
Sasha’s sisters Katie Brett, 31, and activist Gemma, 36, are campaigning for Minto to be behind bars for the rest of his life.The family will protest in Bolton and Blackpool on January 31, the tenth anniversary of Sasha’s death, and hold a celebration of life for her.
Sasha Marsden, 16, was murdered by 23-year-old bartender David Minto in Blackpool after she was lured to a hotel with the promise of a job.
David Minto denied killing the teenager in January 2013, but it took a jury just three hours to find him guilty of the brutal murder.
The family said that although Minto was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 35 years, they believed he should have been sentenced to life in prison for his crimes.
Sasha had been told that a job was available at the hotel, but when she arrived, Minto stabbed her over 100 times, raped her while she was dead or dying, and dumped her body outside of her.
His body was found burned, wrapped in a rug and garbage bags, in an alley.
A post-mortem examination revealed that Minto had set her on fire to try to hide his s*xual crimes from her.
Minto appealed the sentence in 2014 because he said it was not a premeditated murder and that he only planned to rape Sasha.
But the Court of Appeal rejected his argument and upheld the original sentence of a minimum of 35 years.
The 16-year-old’s body was found in an alleyway wrapped in a rug and garbage bags and an autopsy revealed that Minto had tried to set her on fire.
‘If they are released at the end of their probation, they will still be young enough to commit these crimes again.
Sasha’s older sister added that while the family knew Minto might not be released, the current sentence is “not suitable for the crime.”
“They may not get out, but the fact that they can get out is really wrong when their crime meets the criteria for a full life order.
“We are basically campaigning for the Minto sentence to be reviewed, because it is not fit for crime.”
She added: “He is a dangerous s*xual predator and should never be released, which is why we are campaigning because he needs to be locked up forever.”
The mother-of-two is also planning a celebratory event for Sasha’s life to help remind people of all the things she’s missed, like having children.