Answers for family of woman killed by boyfriend with a brutal past

Gemma Finnigan
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THE family of a woman who was killed by her boyfriend have been invited to see the findings of a case review into why they were never told full details about his brutal past.

Daniel Johnson believed Gemma Finnigan, 24, had been possessed by the devil when he strangled and stabbed her 12 times at their home in Boldon Colliery last September.

He was sentenced to life behind bars at Newcastle Crown Court after admitting manslaughter on grounds of diminished responsibility, and must serve at least 20 years.

The court heard three consultant forensic psychiatrists agreed Johnson was suffering from serious mental illness, paranoid schizophrenia, and at the time of the killing, he was psychotic and in a delusional state.

The couple met in 2008 while the 33-year-old was on day release from an open prison for the murder of David Younas, who died in his fiancé’s arms in November 1996 after being stabbed more than 10 times as they made their way home from a health club, in Newcastle.

Johnson and a co-accused, who were both youths at the time, were given life sentences.

But upon his release on licence, Gemma and her family say they were never given the full details of his past.

A serious case review has been completed by the National Probation Service.

A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: “The review has been completed and the report can be shared with the family. It has been contributed to by agencies involved, including the probation service and the police.

“It is not a report that will be released publicly.

“They can arrange to see it through their point of contact in the probation service.”

Gemma’s family wished to make no comment.