Halifax man who strangled Catherine Campbell appealing 'manifestly excessive' sentence

A Halifax man who strangled an off-duty police officer and used a compost bin to dispose of her body is appealing his sentence.

Christopher Garnier was convicted in December of second-degree murder and interfering with a dead body in the death of 36-year-old Catherine Campbell.

The conviction carries an automatic life sentence, but a Nova Scotia Supreme Court justice ruled last month that Garnier would be able to apply for parole after serving 13 and a half years - less 699 days for time served.

A notice of appeal filed last Thursday says Garnier is appealing his sentence, as it was ``manifestly excessive.''

The documents say Justice Joshua Arnold ``over-emphasized'' the aggravating factor of interfering with human remains in determining Garnier's period of parole ineligibility.

The document, signed by Garnier, says: ``I desire to present my case and argument in person.''

Garnier had earlier appealed his conviction, in part because he says police interview tactics elicited a false confession.