Killer Colin Pitchfork may not be being released from prison after all (Image: PA)
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The Lord Chancellor has revealed he is considering intervening over the decision to approve the release of double murderer Colin Pitchfork.
Evil Pitchfork raped and strangled Lynda Mann in November 1983 and Dawn Ashworth in July 1986.
He roamed free until 1987 when he became the first killer to be convicted in the world on the strength of DNA evidence.
He was jailed for life in 1988 for a minimum of 30 years, reduced on appeal to 28 years.
During sentencing, the lord chief justice said Pitchfork should not be released "from the point of view of the safety of the public".
Dawn Ashworth had been beaten and strangled
However the notorious child-killer was moved to an open prison in 2016, and was seen walking around Bristol in November 2017 – raising suspicions that he had been granted unsupervised day release.
Now the Parole Board has cleared Pitchfork for release this month, unless the Government successfully appeals against the decision.
"I locked up psychopath Colin Pitchfork – this is why he must never be freed"
First pictures of two women and man who died in suspected murder-suicide
Justice Secretary Robert Buckland, said: ”The decision was made by the Parole Board in early June, I have 21 days to consider whether or not I ask them for a formal reconsideration.
"I’m working my way through that very carefully, I’m taking advice on the matter and I’ll make an announcement within that 21-day period as soon as possible.”
Lynda Mann was just 15 when she was found raped and strangled
Justice Secretary Robert Buckland is considering intervening
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Dawn’s mother, Barbara Ashworth, 75, who lives in Cornwall, said she fully supported Buckland’s expected intervention in the Pitchfork case.
Her daughter would have celebrated her 50th birthday this Wednesday.
She told the Sunday Times: “My world has been shattered by this man.
"He can’t hurt me any more than he has already by killing my daughter, but there will be other 15-year-old girls in the streets.
“If he was released, he could search for any victim he wanted to. He is a psychopath who should be kept in prison where he belongs.
"I would fully support Robert Buckland in trying to stop him from being released, absolutely.”
The move has sparked fury from the families of the victims, who have also called out Keir Starmer after he last week backed Pitchfork’s release from prison because "he served the sentence imposed on him by the court’"