UK Justice Minister considers reconsidering parole after recall of Colin Pitchfork


Justice Minister Dominic Raab said the parole system needs to rethink the most serious cases after the release and recall of double-child killer Colin Pitchfork.

The Deputy Prime Minister suggested on Wednesday that he would like to see a more cautious approach in which balance depends more on public protection than on freedom.

Mr. Rab said the “root” review of the parole system would consider changes, as he claimed that there was a “very rigorous process” surrounding pitchfork.

Pitchfork was imprisoned for life after raping and strangling two 15-year-olds Linda Mann and Dawn Ashworth in Leicestershire in 1983 and 1986.

He was released in September, but two months later he returned to the back of the bar after probationary staff expressed concern about his actions.

Rab told the BBC Breakfast: “One of the problems with this case is that there is an estimate that they will be released unless the individual proves to be at risk. In fact, I think the estimate is wrong, so I’d like to see it again. I think.

“For example, in the case of climate change and environmental law, there is a so-called precautionary principle because of the risks involved. And when there are such serious problems with the risks to the people and the protection of the people, I think we need a more preventative approach.

“I feel that the estimates are not properly balanced. I think the estimates must support the public protection of the most serious cases.”

It is understood that Pitchfork, now in his 60s, was alerted after approaching a young woman many times while walking from the bail hostel where he lived.

His previous release raised public concerns in an attempt to lock him in prison.

The Parole Commission decided after a March hearing that he was “suitable for release,” even though this was denied in 2016 and 2018.

Pitchfork proceedings must be referred to the Parole Commission within 28 days.

PA

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