The life sentence given to a schoolboy who killed a fellow pupil after he allegedly rejected his sexual advances has been referred for appeal.

Michael Hamer was sentenced to life imprisonment last month for the murder of Joe Geeling in a case which appears to centre around a letter luring the boy to the killer’s home.

He was sentenced to a minimum of 12 years, a ruling the Crown Prosecution Service has expressed discontent with.

The Attorney General has now ordered that the sentence be reconsidered by the Court of Appeal.

Hamer stabbed his victim three times in the neck and three times in the head after his sexual advances were rejected and then hid the body in a wheelie bin in woods close to the boy’s home, Manchester Crown Court heard.

Judge Mr Justice Richard McCombe accused Hamer of killing the pupil to stop him telling others about the gay advance.