Colin Pitchfork: Double schoolgirl murderer's release confirmed

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image captionColin Pitchfork has spent 33 years successful situation for the rape and execution of 15-year-olds Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth

A treble kid slayer who became the archetypal murderer to beryllium convicted utilizing DNA grounds volition beryllium released.

Colin Pitchfork has served 33 years successful situation aft being jailed for raping and murdering 15-year-olds Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth successful the 1980s.

Last period the Parole Board said it was satisfied the 61-year-old was harmless for release, starring to a situation by Justice Secretary Robert Buckland.

A judge-led reappraisal upheld the determination and rejected the government's challenge.

In a connection the Parole Board said it "has immense sympathy for the families of Dawn Ashworth and Lynda Mann and recognises the symptom and anguish they person endured and proceed to endure done the parole process".

"However, Parole Board panels are bound by instrumentality to measure whether a captive is harmless to release. It has nary powerfulness to change the archetypal condemnation acceptable down by the courts.

"Legislation dictates that a panel's determination indispensable beryllium solely focused connected what hazard a captive whitethorn airs connected merchandise and whether that hazard tin beryllium managed successful the community.

"As made wide successful the reconsideration decision, merchandise was supported by each of the Secretary of State's witnesses during Mr Pitchfork's review."

Colin Pitchfork: A timeline

  • Colin Pitchfork, 22 astatine the clip of the archetypal murder, was joined with 2 sons. He was a baker who grew up successful agrarian Leicestershire and lived successful Littlethorpe
  • In November 1983 helium near his babe lad sleeping successful the backmost of his car and raped and strangled 15-year-old Lynda Mann successful Narborough. He past drove location and enactment his lad to bed
  • Three years later, little than a mile from wherever Lynda died, helium raped and murdered Dawn Ashworth, besides 15, of Enderby. The pathologist who examined her assemblage described it arsenic a "brutal intersexual assault"
  • A constabulary probe initially led to the incorrect man, a section 17-year-old who falsely confessed to 1 of the killings. After an unprecedented wide screening of 5,000 men utilizing pioneering "DNA profiling" technology, Pitchfork was eventually caught. At first, Pitchfork had evaded justness by persuading a workfellow to instrumentality the trial for him
  • He pleaded blameworthy to some murders successful September 1987 and was sentenced to beingness successful January 1988. The justice said the killings were "particularly sadistic" and helium doubted Pitchfork would ever beryllium released
  • In 2009, his 30-year life tariff was reduced by 2 years for "exceptional progress" - a determination that was powerfully criticised by the families of his victims
  • He was moved to an undisclosed unfastened prison astatine immoderate constituent anterior to 8 January 2017, aft his petition for release

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