Colin Pitchfork release LIVE – Justice Secretary urged to intervene over the release of double child rapist and killer

THE Justice Secretary has been urged to intervene after a Parole Board approved the release of the notorious double child killer Colin Pitchfork.

Tory MP Alberto Costa said he had asked Justice Secretary Robert Buckland to intervene in the case.

It comes after the Justice Secretary was granted the power to ask the Parole Board to reconsider their decisions if they were thought to be “irrational” or “procedurally unfair”.

A source close to the Justice Secretary told the Telegraph that the Government would take legal advice to explore whether the use of the new late would be appropriate.

Pitchfork was jailed for life after brutally strangling 15-year-old girls Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth to death in Leicestershire in 1983 and 1986 respectively.

A hearing took place in March this year to consider if he was suitable for release – and the decision to set him free after 33 years was published today.

Pitchfork, then in his 20s, became the first man convicted of murder on the basis of DNA evidence and was jailed for life at Leicester Crown Court in 1988, with a minimum sentence of 30 years to be served.

He was eventually caught after the world’s first mass screening for DNA, as 5,000 men in three villages were asked to volunteer blood or saliva samples.

Pitchfork will be released with 35 conditions, including the use of probation supervision, the wearing of an electronic tag and multiple lie detector tests.

Read our Colin Pitchfork live blog for the latest news & updates…

  • WHAT HAPPENED WHEN PITCHFORK WAS ON DAY RELEASE IN 2017?

    On November 13, 2017, we reported how Pitchfork was allowed out to roam Bristol city centre alone for six hours.

    He was seen eating a pulled pork sandwich and giggled as he pored over Great British Bake Off books.

    Pitchfork, who has changed his name to Thorpe, also went to a job centre and visited three banks.

    He was returned by staff to HMP Leyhill, an open prison in Gloucestershire.

  • JUSTICE SECRETARY URGED TO INTERVENE OVER PITCHFORK’S RELEASE

    The Justice Secretary has been urged to intervene after a Parole Board approved the release of the notorious double child killer Colin Pitchfork.

    Tory MP Alberto Costa said he had asked Justice Secretary Robert Buckland to intervene in the case.

    It comes after the Justice Secretary was granted the power to ask the Parole Board to reconsider their decisions if they were thought to be “irrational” or “procedurally unfair”.

    A source close to the Justice Secretary told the Telegraph that the Government would take legal advice to explore whether the use of the new late would be appropriate.

  • WHAT HAPPENED TO DAWN ASHWORTH AND LYNDA MANN?

    The two girls were pounced upon by Colin Pitchfork, a baker and convicted sex offender who was in his 20s when he murdered them. 

    Both girls were raped and strangled.

    Given the similarities of the attack and location, police linked them.

    Yet there were not enough leads or evidence to connect anybody to the murder and the case was not immediately solved. 

  • HOW PITCHFORK WAS THE FIRST MURDERER TO BE SNARED BY DNA

    When the body of 15-year-old Dawn Ashworth was found in a Leicestershire field, cops immediately knew they were dealing with a serial killer.

    Another schoolgirl of the same age, Lynda Mann, had been raped and strangled to death with her own scarf three years earlier close to where Dawn’s body was found – now the girls’ killer can go free.

    Colin Pitchfork, 61, was in 1988 sentenced to life in prison for his horrific crimes – he was the first murderer to be convicted using DNA evidence.

    Now the Parole Board has ruled he can be released, believing he is no longer a danger to the public after he was turned down for release on two previous occasions.

    More on the story here.

  • WHEN COULD PITCHFORK BE RELEASED FROM PRISON?

    Pitchfork had pleaded guilty to the rape and murder of the two teens and was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 30 years. This was reduced on appeal to 28 years in 2009.

    Local MP Alberto Costa said he had met the chief executive of the Parole Board for England and Wales Martin Jones to discuss the case.

    Following the meeting, Mr Costa announced he would write to the Secretary of State for Justice, Robert Buckland MP, to ensure both he and the Parole Board were aware of local concerns about the case.

    Mr Costa said: “Colin Pitchfork’s heinous crimes quite understandably live long in the memory of many of my constituents and his case is still of considerable concern to residents in South Leicestershire.

    “In light of his recent referral for a parole review, I was very pleased to meet with the chief executive of the Parole Board and to gain a better understanding of Pitchfork’s case in order to inform the next steps I will be taking on this matter.

    “The safety and wellbeing of my constituents is, of course, paramount importance, so I want to ensure that the Parole Board are fully aware of Pitchfork’s crimes and his character before any decisions are made.”

  • WHAT ART HAS PITCHFORK EXHIBITED?

    The double-murderer exhibited a sculpture at the Royal Festival Hall in April 2009 — sparking public outrage.

    He had created the design, titled Bringing Music To Life, from inside HMP Frankland, County Durham.

    It was described as being made “in meticulous miniature detail by folding, cutting and tearing the score of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony”.

    Sick Pitchfork had written alongside the piece: “Without this opportunity to show our art, many of us would have no incentive, we would stay locked in ourselves as much as the walls that hold us.”

    Distress from the family of his victims led to the work being removed from display.

  • WHAT HAPPENED WHEN PITCHFORK WAS ON DAY RELEASE IN 2017?

    On November 13, 2017, we reported how Pitchfork was allowed out to roam Bristol city centre alone for six hours.

    He was seen eating a pulled pork sandwich and giggled as he pored over Great British Bake Off books.

    Pitchfork, who has changed his name to Thorpe, also went to a job centre and visited three banks.

    He was returned by staff to HMP Leyhill, an open prison in Gloucestershire.

  • JUSTICE SECRETARY URGED TO INTERVENE OVER PITCHFORK’S RELEASE

    The Justice Secretary has been urged to intervene after a Parole Board approved the release of the notorious double child killer Colin Pitchfork.

    Tory MP Alberto Costa said he had asked Justice Secretary Robert Buckland to intervene in the case.

    It comes after the Justice Secretary was granted the power to ask the Parole Board to reconsider their decisions if they were thought to be “irrational” or “procedurally unfair”.

    A source close to the Justice Secretary told the Telegraph that the Government would take legal advice to explore whether the use of the new late would be appropriate.

  • WHAT HAPPENED TO DAWN ASHWORTH AND LYNDA MANN?

    The two girls were pounced upon by Colin Pitchfork, a baker and convicted sex offender who was in his 20s when he murdered them. 

    Both girls were raped and strangled.

    Given the similarities of the attack and location, police linked them.

    Yet there were not enough leads or evidence to connect anybody to the murder and the case was not immediately solved. 

  • HOW PITCHFORK WAS THE FIRST MURDERER TO BE SNARED BY DNA

    When the body of 15-year-old Dawn Ashworth was found in a Leicestershire field, cops immediately knew they were dealing with a serial killer.

    Another schoolgirl of the same age, Lynda Mann, had been raped and strangled to death with her own scarf three years earlier close to where Dawn’s body was found – now the girls’ killer can go free.

    Colin Pitchfork, 61, was in 1988 sentenced to life in prison for his horrific crimes – he was the first murderer to be convicted using DNA evidence.

    Now the Parole Board has ruled he can be released, believing he is no longer a danger to the public after he was turned down for release on two previous occasions.

    More on the story here.

  • GOVERNMENT WILL SEEK LEGAL ADVICE – REPORTS

    It is understood the Government will seek legal advice over the decision.

  • RELEASE OF PITCHFORK STILL NEEDS APPROVAL FROM JUSTICE SECRETARY

    The decision is provisional for 21 days,

    Pitchfork’s release is subject to the approval of the Justice Secretary who has the power to appeal against the decision.

  • EXPLAINED: HOW WAS COLIN PITCHFORK CAUGHT?

    Colin Pitchfork was arrested and jailed in 1988 for the murders.

    It was a revolutionary case because he was the first criminal to be trapped by DNA profiling.

    He was one of the thousands of local men who gave blood samples that were compared with material found on the girls’ bodies.

    The profiling technology had first been pioneered by Sir Alec Jeffreys at the University of Leicester and since Pitchfork’s conviction, changed how police investigations in the future were carried out.

  • WHEN WERE THE SCHOOLGIRLS MURDERED?

    On November 23, 1983, 15-year-old Lynda Mann took a shortcut on her way home from babysitting. 

    But she did not return home and her parents and neighbours spent the night searching for her. The next morning, she was found dead.

    She had been raped and strangled on a deserted footpath known locally as the Black Pad. Then, three years later, on July 31 1986, a second 15-year-old girl, Dawn Ashworth, vanished after leaving her home to visit a friend’s house. 

    Two days later, her dead body was found in a wooded area near a footpath called Ten Pound Lane. 

    She had been savagely beaten, brutally raped and strangled. The semen samples also revealed the same blood type.

  • COLIN PITCHFORK MUGSHOT FROM THE 1980s

    Colin Pitchfork was caged for life in 1988 for the rape and murder of teenage schoolgirls Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth in Leicestershire

  • COLIN PITCHFORK CAN BE RELEASED FROM PRISON SAYS PAROLE BOARD

    A DOUBLE child killer who raped and murdered two 15-year-old girls can be released, the Parole Board has ruled.

    Sex-obsessed Colin Pitchfork was caged for life in 1988 for the rape and murder of teenage schoolgirls Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth in Leicestershire.

    Read more here.

  • MINISTRY OF JUSTICE STATEMENT ON COLIN PITCHFORK FROM 2017

    A Ministry of Justice source said: “Colin Pitchfork has been released on temporary licence towards the end of his sentence. He still has strict conditions to adhere to and he has not been permanently freed from jail.

    “He has been entitled to day settlement and now has night settlement this month with the premise that he had to disclose where he will be staying.

    “It is nearing the end of his tariff and he is gradually being reinstated into society. “

  • WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT COLIN PITCHFORK’s CRIMES (CONTINUED…)

    • He pleaded guilty to both murders in September 1987 and was sentenced to life in January 1988.
    • The judge said the killings were “particularly sadistic” and he doubted Pitchfork, who he described as “a danger to young women”, g would ever be released.
    • In 2009, his minimum 30-year life tariff was reduced by two years for “exceptional progress” – a decision that was strongly criticised by his victims’ families.
    • The Court of Appeal heard Pitchfork had achieved a “high standard of education to degree level” and had never been placed “on report” while in custody.
    • The prisoner had also become a specialist in transcribing printed music into Braille to assist the blind – work which was used across the UK and internationally.
  • COLIN PITCHFORK: WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT HIS HEINOUS CRIMES

    • Pitchfork was convicted on DNA fingerprinting evidence and the first to be caught as a result of mass screening. He was 22 at the time of his first murder in November 1983.
    •  He left his baby son sleeping in the back of his car and raped and strangled 15-year-old Lynda Mann with her own scarf on a secluded footpath in Narborough, Leics. He then returned to his home in nearby Littlethorpe to put his child to bed.
    • Nearly three years later in July 1986 and less than a mile from where Lynda died the he raped and murdered Dawn Ashworth, also 15, in Enderby.
    • A police investigation initially led to the wrong suspect Richard Buckland, a 17-year-old local,  who falsely confessed to one of the killings.
    • After an unprecedented mass screening of 5,000 men across three villages using pioneering “DNA profiling” technology, Pitchfork was finally caught. He had earlier evaded justice by persuading a colleague to take the test for him.
  • ‘MODEL PRISONER’ COLIN PITCHFORK WAS ALLOWED TO SPEND NIGHTS AWAY FROM JAIL IN 2017

    ONE of Britain’s most evil child killers has been freed to spend nights away from jail for the first time in 30 years.

    Double murderer Colin Pitchfork, who has been lapping up days out on temporary licence, has now won the right to unsupervised overnight stays in the community.

    As he prepares for his new life he is being allowed “night settlement, “ a Ministry of Justice spokesperson confirmed.

    Pitchfork, 58 – the first person ever to be snared by DNA evidence – has already been freed to roam the streets during un-monitored days our to  look for a job and home.

  • GOVERNMENT WILL SEEK LEGAL ADVICE – REPORTS

    It is understood the Government will seek legal advice over the decision.

  • COLIN PITCHFORK RELEASE STILLS NEEDS APPROVAL FROM JUSTICE SECRETARY

    The decision is provisional for 21 days,

    Pitchfork’s release is subject to the approval of the Justice Secretary who has the power to appeal against the decision.

  • EXPLAINED: HOW WAS COLIN PITCHFORK CAUGHT?

    Colin Pitchfork was arrested and jailed in 1988 for the murders.

    It was a revolutionary case because he was the first criminal to be trapped by DNA profiling.

    He was one of the thousands of local men who gave blood samples that were compared with material found on the girls’ bodies.

    The profiling technology had first been pioneered by Sir Alec Jeffreys at the University of Leicester and since Pitchfork’s conviction, changed how police investigations in the future were carried out.

  • WATCH: DOUBLE CHILD KILLER COLIN PITCHFORK BECOMES FIRST MURDERER TO BE CONVICTED USING DNA EVIDENCE

    Double child killer Colin Pitchfork becomes first murderer to be convicted using DNA evidence
  • WHEN WILL COLIN PITCHFORK BE RELEASED FROM PRISON?

    Pitchfork had pleaded guilty to the rape and murder of the two teens and was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 30 years.

    This was reduced on appeal to 28 years in 2009.

    Local MP Alberto Costa said he had met the chief executive of the Parole Board for England and Wales Martin Jones to discuss the case.

    Following the meeting, Mr Costa announced he would write to the Secretary of State for Justice, Robert Buckland MP, to ensure both he and the Parole Board were aware of local concerns about the case.

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