Women’s Aid responds to the sentencing of Theodore Johnson who killed three women


Friday 5th January 2018


Today, Theodore Johnson, who killed three women over four decades, has been jailed for life with a minimum of 26 years for the murder of former partner, Angela Best. Women’s Aid responds to his sentence.


Katie Ghose, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said:


“Today, Theodore Johnson is finally being held to account for what is an extremely serious crime – the murder of Angela Best – but it should not have taken the killing of three women for him to receive an appropriate sentence.

“Previously, the criminal justice system had failed to recognise Johnson’s repeated pattern of male violence against women and that at the heart of his fatal violence was not a loss of control but the ultimate act of control – taking these women’s lives because they refused to live under his power. As a result of these unduly lenient sentences, the criminal justice system allowed Johnson to kill again – and again.

“We often hear the murder of a woman killed by a man described as “a tragic accident” or “a crime of passion”, yet the data collected on the Femicide Census, developed by Women’s Aid in partnership with Karen Ingala Smith, shows this is not the case. It highlights that these are not isolated incidents but a repeated pattern of male violence against women that is preventable and that misogyny is the root cause of this violence. 

“Last year 113 women were killed by men, 78 of which were killed by a current or former partner; yet less than two thirds of perpetrators were found guilty of murder. We must always ensure that perpetrators are held to account for their fatal violence with sentencing that reflects the serious nature of this crime. But only by identifying the patterns and better understanding the root causes of fatal male violence against women can we ultimately prevent the killing of women by men.”


For further information, please contact the Women’s Aid press office on:[email protected] / 020 7566 2511.

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