Child killer Colin Pitchfork will be freed from jail THIS WEEK after Parole Board rejected appeal against his release
- Pitchfork was jailed for life in 1988 for the rape and murder of two underage girls
- The double child killer will live in a probation hostel near unsuspecting families
- The Parole Board rejected the Government’s legal challenge to his release
- But Pitchfork, 61, will be subject to extremely strict licence conditions
Double child killer Colin Pitchfork will be released from prison this week and will live in a probation hostel next to unsuspecting families, it emerged last night.
The notorious murderer will taste freedom after the Parole Board rejected the Government’s legal challenge to his release.
But in a clear indication of the threat he still poses, Pitchfork, 61, will be subject to some of the strictest licence conditions ever set.
For example, he will wear an electronic tag so he can be monitored at all times, banned from going near the relatives of his victims and face restrictions on using the internet by himself.
Pitchfork, jailed for life in 1988 for the rape and murder of two 15-year-old girls, will also be placed on the sex offenders register when he is freed from Leyhill prison in Gloucestershire.
Last night Barbara Ashworth, the mother of Pitchfork’s second victim Dawn, said: ‘It’s a day I knew was coming and I’ve had to resign myself to, but I just hope that no other girl meets the same fate
Last night Barbara Ashworth, the mother of Pitchfork’s second victim Dawn, said: ‘It’s a day I knew was coming and I’ve had to resign myself to, but I just hope that no other girl meets the same fate.’
A Ministry of Justice spokesman said public safety is our ‘top priority’ and that Pitchfork will immediately be jailed again if he breaches any of his release conditions.
Mrs Ashworth’s brother, Philip Musson, 68, from Newark, Nottinghamshire, added: ‘I’m not an advocate for the death penalty but there are some crimes so great that that punishment should be carried out, and Pitchfork’s fit that category.
‘I consider the decision to release him an experiment, and I only pray that the people living in the area where he is resettled do not pay the price.’
The families of both victims have previously accused the Parole Board of putting children at risk by ignoring a series of red flags – including experts’ concerns about Pitchfork’s ability to ‘manipulate and deceive’, especially over his ‘future sexual interests’.
Pitchfork strangled Lynda Mann in November 1983 after leaving his baby son sleeping in the back of his car in Narborough, south Leicestershire.
In July 1986 the sex fiend struck again, raping and killing Dawn Ashworth in the neighbouring village of Enderby.
He became the first person to be convicted using DNA evidence after it emerged that he had attempted to evade capture by persuading a work colleague to take a blood test for him during the murder hunt
He became the first person to be convicted using DNA evidence after it emerged that he had attempted to evade capture by persuading a work colleague to take a blood test for him during the murder hunt.
Pitchfork’s 30-year minimum term was cut by two years in 2009 and he was moved to Leyhill open prison three years ago.
Following a hearing in March, the Parole Board ruled he was ‘suitable for release’, despite this being denied in 2016 and 2018.
Last month the Justice Secretary launched a challenge to the decision saying he was ‘frustrated’ the ‘sadistic’ killer could soon be out on the streets.
Robert Buckland challenged the decision on the basis that Pitchfork had the ‘capacity to manipulate and deceive the professionals he had worked with’.