A MUM whose daughter was murdered by child killer Colin Pitchfork believes “he should never walk free to breathe fresh air again.”
Kath Eastwood’s daughter Lynda Mann was raped and killed by evil Pitchfork when she was 15 in November, 1983.
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Child killer Colin Pitchfork is due to be released from prison after the Parole Board deemed he’s no longer a danger to the publicCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
Lynda Mann was raped and murdered by Pitchfork in November, 1983
Pitchfork left the schoolgirl’s body near a footpath in Narborough, Leicestershire.
Three years later, he went on to kill Dawn Ashworth, who was also 15, in July 1986, leaving her body in Ten Pound Lane, also in Narborough.
But the Parole Board has deemed he is no longer a danger to the public and is suitable for release.
Ms Eastwood, 72, today joined furious bereaved relatives in calling for Pitchfork to remain behind bars – and she fears he could kill again.
She told The Sun Online: “I don’t believe he’s been rehabilitated. He will strike again, he will kill another innocent child.”
It comes after Lynda’s sister Rebecca Eastwood said she had no “confidence at all in the justice system if they are prepared to let someone like him out”.
The family has urged Justice Minister Robert Buckland to intervene in the Parole Board’s decision.
I don’t believe he’s been rehabilitated. He will strike again, he will kill another innocent child
Kath Eastwood, Lynda Mann’s daughter
Ms Eastwood will lodge an appeal for the decision to be reconsidered and has 21 days to do so.
She said: “Hopefully my appeal and those of others will make a difference. The decision is a wrong one and very unwelcoming.
“The Justice Minister must step in to make sure he’s not released. He should never walk free to breathe fresh air again.
“A lot of people are up in arms by this decision. I’m trying to think positively but it’s hard.
“He’ll always be a danger to society, he’ll never reform and he knows how to work the system.
“He’s evil through and through and you can’t change that. He should be locked up for life. I’m horrified at the thought that he could soon be freed.”
Lynda Mann was just 15 when she was raped and murdered in 1983Credit: BPM Media
Investigators combing the scene near where Lynda’s body was found in Narborough, Leics., in 1983Credit: Getty
Dawn Ashworth was killed in similar circumstances to Lynda less than three years later
Investigators at the scene where Dawn’s body was discovered in Enderby, Leics., in 1986Credit: Getty
Ms Eastwood, who has two other daughters, still misses Lynda and keeps treasured photos of her at her home in Leicester.
She believed the death penalty should be in force for such hideous crimes, saying: “I’d have finished him off myself.”
Pitchfork is serving his remaining sentence at HMP Leyhill, an open prison in Gloucestershire.
Experts claim he no longer a danger to the public after being turned down for parole on two previous occasions. He could be free within weeks.
Ms Eastwood said: “But what’s to stop him coming back here? It’s a terrifying prospect and makes me so angry.
“Time doesn’t heal, it get’s worse. I’ve spent half of my life without my daughter. But for him life gets better. It seems very unjust.
“But I still feel close to Lynda. She was my middle daughter. She was a pretty girl and she loved life and had ambitions.”
She added: “We were so close and I still miss her.
Lynda Mann’s parents Kath Eastwood and her then-husband Eddie, outside Leicester Crown Court in 1987
Colin Pitchfork on the streets of Bristol after being let out from Leyhill Prison on day release in 2017
Pitchfork arriving at court in 1987 hiding under a jumperCredit: Getty
“I keep photos of her around the house so I can always see her and I still go to the cemetery to remember her whenever I can get there.
“She’s be proud of how we’re fighting to keep her killer locked up.”
Lynda’s sister Sue Gratrick said the only sentence Pitchfork should have received is “a bullet to the head” and said the Parole Board’s decision was putting the family through hell.
She told The Sun last night: “He should not be getting out. But what more is there to say? They are going to let him out.
Pitchfork has changed his name to David Thorpe but will be given a new identity if freed and will have numerous conditions imposed, including not stepping foot in Leicestershire.
A hearing in March considered whether Pitchfork was suitable for release and the decision was published two days ago.
Announcing the decision, a Parole Board spokesman said: “Parole Board decisions are solely focused on what risk a prisoner could represent to the public if released and whether that risk is manageable in the community.
“Members read and digest hundreds of pages of evidence and reports in the lead up to an oral hearing.
“Evidence from witnesses including probation officers, psychiatrists and psychologists, officials supervising the offender in prison as well as victim personal statements are then given at the hearing.
“The prisoner and witnesses are then questioned at length during the hearing which often lasts a full day or more.”
The Parole Board said it was satisfied that Mr Pitchfork (pictured here on day release in 2017) was suitable for release
Dawn Ashworth’s funeral in 1986 at Enderby Parish Church, LeicestershireCredit: Mirrorpix