A woman jailed for three-and-a-half years for fatally stabbing a convicted paedophile has had her sentence more than doubled.
Court of Appeal judges in London upped the “unduly lenient” prison term originally imposed in the case of Sarah Sands, 33, of east London, to seven-and-a-half years.
Sands carried out the killing within weeks of hearing that her 77-year-old neighbour, Michael Pleasted, had been released on bail ahead of his trial over accusations that he had sexually assaulted young boys.
In November 2014 she armed herself with a knife and went to his flat in Canning Town, east London, to confront him about the allegations.
She stabbed him eight times and he bled to death.
Sands was cleared at the Old Bailey of murder, but convicted of manslaughter by reason of loss of control and sentenced in September.
During the trial it emerged that Pleasted, who also went by the name of Robin Moult, had 24 previous convictions for sexual offences between 1970 and 1991.