A TEENAGER who murdered a disabled grandfather has failed in an attempt to have his prison sentence reduced.
Reece Gledhill, 19, killed 60-year-old John Greer in his flat in Arncliffe Close, Rastrick
Mr Greer, terminally ill with lung cancer, was found strangled and with his throat cut.
Gledhill, of no fixed address, was sentenced to life with a minimum of 12 years.
His girlfriend, Clare Hardy, then 18, admitted manslaughter at Leeds Crown Court in March last year. She was sentenced to eight years in youth custody.
The pair confronted Mr Greer – known as Brushy because of his work as a roadsweeper and gritter – after Hardy told her boyfriend she had been sexually abused by Mr Greer when she was younger.
They slashed his throat with his own kitchen knife.
After killing Mr Greer they stole a hifi and TV to make it look like a botched burglary. They later sold them for £50.
The trial judge called Hardy the instigator of the attack.
Gledhill’s lawyers argued he should have been given a lesser sentence because of his age and for accepting responsibity. They argued his sentence had been too harsh compared to Hardy’s.
Lord Justice Moore-Bick, sitting at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, said: “Hardy alleged that Mr Greer had behaved indecently towards her.
“But this was an attack by two people on a vulnerable man in his own home. We are not persuaded by the arguments and we refuse this application for permission to appeal.”