Why was murderer allowed to kill again? – asks distraught family

GEMMA FINNIGAN ... stabbed and strangled to death.
GEMMA FINNIGAN ... stabbed and strangled to death.
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A DISTRAUGHT family today demanded answers after a murderer out on licence from a brutal street stabbing killed his girlfriend because he thought she was the devil.

Daniel Johnson believed “ray of sunshine” Gemma Finnigan, 24, had been possessed by Satan when he strangled and stabbed her 12 times at their home in Boldon Colliery last September.

MURDERER: Daniel Johnson

MURDERER: Daniel Johnson

The pair had met in 2008, while Johnson, 33, was on day release from an open prison for the savage street murder of David Younas, who died in his fiancé’s arms after being stabbed more than 10 times as the couple made their way home from a health club.

Johnson and a co-accused, who were both youths at the time, were given life sentences for the murder of the 33-year-old.

At Newcastle Crown Court today Johnson admitted Gemma’s manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

He will be sentenced this afternoon.

The court heard a serious case review is to be launched into why Miss Finnigan’s family were not informed about her killer’s brutal past before they welcomed him into their lives.

Miss Finnigan’s grieving mother has said if the family knew of the horror Johnson had caused to one family already, he would never have been allowed into theirs.

The family blame probation officials for not informing them about Johnson’s past in its full, shocking detail.

In a victim impact statement her mother Jennifer Finnigan said: “On September 13 I feel that my life stopped. I feel since that date neither myself or my family can come to terms with our loss.

“I think of my little girl every day. She is the first thing I think of in the morning and she is the last thing I think of before I go to sleep.

“My three other daughters are all constantly upset at the loss of their sister and are angry and upset. Their lives have been turned upside down by their loss.

“Gemma was a wonderful daughter and special to everyone who came into contact with her.

“She was what I would describe as a ray of sunshine.

“All she wanted was to help others and make people happy.

“I feel angry and let down by the probation service. They did not tell myself or Gemma about his involvement in the first murder.

“Had Gemma or I known about this we would never have welcomed him into out home and Gemma would still be here.

“Despite having a loving and supportive family, my life can never by the same.

“I have lost everything through the actions and hatred of Johnson.

“I hope he never gets out and is never allowed to harm anyone else.”