THE killer of PCSO Julia James benefited from £150,000 in legal aid.
A jury final 12 months took simply 73 minutes to convict Callum Wheeler of murdering the mum of two.
Ministry of Justice information from a Freedom of Info request reveals the taxpayer forked out a complete of £149,750.24.
Wheeler, 22, was jailed for all times for the homicide of Mrs James, 53, in 2021.
He beat her to loss of life with an iron bar in a subject close to Snowdon, Kent.
Her daughter Bethan Coles has beforehand stated Wheeler ought to by no means be launched from jail.
Posting on the ‘Justice for Julia’ Fb web page, Ms Coles revealed she can be shutting down the location – which was arrange in the aftermath of the PCSO’s loss of life in a bid to aid the police investigation – now that the household have seen justice served.
The mum-of-one wrote: “This web page was arrange by my pals in the quick aftermath of my Mum’s homicide.
“At that time the Police have been making a plea for info and this proved to be an awesome platform and reached many individuals, some of which have been in a position to present info to help the investigation and in the end assist get ‘Justice for Julia’.
“Within the 12 months or so since my Mum’s loss of life we have now been to many conferences with Kent Police and attending quite a few hearings in preparation for the trial which occurred in Might.
“The decision was responsible. Sentencing adopted a number of weeks later and the killer was sentenced to a minimal time period of 37 years earlier than he might be eligible for parole.
“I’m simply hoping that he might be thought of too harmful to ever be launched.”
The MoJ stated legal aid shouldn’t be paid on to defendants.
A spokesman stated: “Anybody dealing with a crown court docket trial is eligible, topic to assessments.”