SAVAGE double killer, Alun Kyte, who strangled two prostitutes before dumping their bodies, has failed to convince a top judge he is doing so well in prison that he deserves a sentence cut.
Kyte, from Stafford, was given two life sentences in 2000 after he was convicted of strangling Samo Paull and Tracy Turner.
The Home Secretary of the day ruled he must serve at least 25 years behind bars for the murders.
His lawyers argued at London’s High Court that sentence should be cut in light of his good conduct in prison.
They argued he had made “impressive progress” and was now a very different man from the one who carried out the sexually-motivated killings.
However, Mr Justice Cranston was unimpressed, saying that Kyte’s behaviour in jail could not be described as “exceptional” and, were he being jailed today under the much tougher sentencing guidelines now in force, he would have got 30 years “at the very least”.
The judge said he had read a moving statement from Miss Paull’s sister, written on behalf of her family, in which they described the lasting trauma of her murder and urged him not to cut Kyte’s minimum jail term.
Her body was so decomposed when found in a ditch that her loved ones could not view it, and her mother, who still suffers from depression, had had to step in to bring up her daughter.
Kyte still denied killing Miss Paull, 20, of Rowley Regis, and had shown not a shred of remorse.
The family said it was fortunate he had been caught before he murdered someone else and that, if released, he would still pose a serious danger to vulnerable women like Miss Paull.
Despite his continued protestations of innocence, Kyte’s lawyers said he was “very sorry” for the loss of Mrs Paull’s daughter.
They argued that showed he had gained “a greater degree of empathetic understanding’”.
The judge said Miss Paull’s strangled body was discovered in the roadside ditch in Bitteswell, near Lutterworth, on December 30, 1993.
She was partially naked, no attempt had been made to conceal her body and a pathologist found that she had been manually strangled.
The body of Tracey Turner, 30, was found two months later on a grass verge bordering a country lane just six miles from where Miss Paull’s remains were discovered.
Again, no attempt had been made to conceal her naked body and she had been strangled, this time with a ligature.
Kyte denied both murders at his trial, despite damning DNA evi- dence. He has since confessed to Miss Turner’s murder but still denies any involvement in Miss Paull’s killing.
Challenging his minimum term, his lawyers pointed out that the trial judge had recommended 18 years, and the then Lord Chief Justice 20 years, before the Home Secretary settled on 25 years.
They argued that that was simply “too long”.
Kyte had completed sex offender courses in prison, also working as a ‘mentor for other inmates, and his lawyers insisted that he had shown ‘“a genuine motivation and drive to bring about long-term sustainable change to his lifestyle and attitudes”.
However, refusing to give Kyte any reduction, Mr Justice Cranston said that, were he passing sentence for the first time today, he would have given the killer at least 30 years.
He added: “Certainly Kyte has undertaken important rehabilita- tive work but he still denies any involvement in Samo Paull’s murder.
In my view, he has not made the exceptional progress required to have an influence on sentence.”
The judge took the unusual step of refusing to grant Kyte credit for the time he spent on remand prior to sentence.
His ruling means that Kyte cannot apply for parole until March 2025. Even then he will only be freed if the Parole Board is convinced the danger he poses to women has passed.