Appeal on Goth murder to be held
Sophie Lancaster was killed as she cradled her boyfriend Robert Maltby
Two teenage boys who murdered a 20-year-old woman dressed as a Goth by stamping on her head, will hear later if judges have granted their appeal.
Lawyers for Brendan Harris and Ryan Herbert, both of Bacup, Lancashire, believe their minimum terms of 18 and 16 years were too severe.
Sophie Lancaster was kicked to death as she tried to protect her boyfriend.
Robert Maltby, 21, survived but Ms Lancaster died in hospital 13 days after the attack in August 2007.
Court of Appeal judges are due to give their judgment and reasons later.
The pair were set upon by five youths in Stubbylee Park, Bacup, because they were dressed as Goths, Preston Crown Court was told.
Mr Maltby was kicked unconscious but Ms Lancaster was kicked and stamped on the head.
Herbert and Harris kicked and stamped Ms Lancaster to death
Harris, of Spring Terrance, Bacup, denied murder but was convicted and sentenced to life with a minimum term of 18 years.
Herbert, of Rossendale Crescent, Bacup, admitted murder and was ordered to serve a minimum of 16 years.
Two brothers, Joseph Hulme, 18 and Danny 16, of Landgate, Whitworth, near Bacup, were ordered to serve a minimum of five years and ten months.
Daniel Mallett, 18, of Rockcliffe Drive, Bacup, is serving four years and four months.
The three youths had pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent on Mr Maltby.
Lawyers for the gang have argued their sentences were too long taking into account their ages.
Speaking after the trial, Ms Lancaster's mother, Sylvia, said: "To choose to beat and stamp a young girl to death just because she looks different and show no remorse afterwards is just so sick.
"I feel nothing but contempt for them."
The attack in August 2007 was described by trial judge Anthony Russell QC as "feral thuggery", adding that their behaviour "degrades humanity itself".