Father who killed sons in appeal challenge

Crow road car park'photo emma mitchell'29/7/11
Crow road car park'photo emma mitchell'29/7/11

A FATHER who killed his two sons at a popular beauty spot is set to have his case sent back to the Appeal Court.

Ashok Kalyanjee was sentenced to at least 21 years in jail after admitting stabbing his sons after driving them to a car park overlooking the Campsie Fells on Crow Road, near Lennoxtown, in May 2008.

Kalyanjee, from the Townhead area of Glasgow, then set fire to his car with the bodies of six-year-old Paul and two-year-old Jay inside.

The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) has now reviewed the case, finding that there may be mental health issues affecting Kalyanjee which could have resulted in a miscarriage of justice.

A spokesperson for the SCCRC said: “The Commission has decided to refer the case to the High Court, because the Commission believes that there may have been a miscarriage of justice on the basis that it appears that he may suffer from a mental disorder which was undiagnosed at the time of his plea and which might have entitled him to plead that his responsibility was diminished.

“The Commission is also satisfied that it is in the interests of justice that the case be referred.”

The case will be heard next year.

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