If double child killer Pitchfork is really safe to be freed why have the Parole Board imposed 36 conditions on his release.
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So this is what I don’t understand. If Colin Pitchfork, who murdered two teenage girls three years apart, is no longer a threat to society having been in jail for 33 years why is it that that the Parole Board have imposed 36 separate conditions on his freedom.
These are some of the conditions. He must live at a designated address, he must take part in probation supervision, he must wear an electronic tag, he must take part in lie detector tests, he must say what vehicles he uses, must say who he speak to with particular limits on children.
He will also be the subject to a curfew, have restrictions on using technology and limits on where he can go. Plus he cannot go into the county of Leicestershire where he carried out his vile crimes.
The number of conditions makes me think that the Parole Board are simply not sure he is safe bet. And on that basis I cannot for the life of me understand why he has been released to a hostel run by the probation service.
Pitchfork, now 61, raped and strangled two 15-year olds, Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth both in Leicestershire. His first murder was of Lynda in Narborough in November 1983. Three years later he killed Dawn.
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He was caught following an unprecedented screening of 5,000 men using pioneering DNA profiling technology. He thought he had defeated the screening by getting a work colleague to take it for him saying that he wanted to avoid the test as he had a past he didn’t want to be bought up again. But the colleague talked and the police arrested him.
So the use of a lie detector against Pitchfork might be of great use.
I was particularly moved by the thoughts of Barbara Ashworth, mother of Dawn. This is what she said; ‘’I can never put it out of my mind.
‘’I recoil every day with people talking about their daughters and grandchildren.
‘’It’s an existence, it’s not a life. I’m not living a life, it’s just going from day to day.’’
It’s clear to me the Parole Board have made a mistake and Pitchfork should not have been released.
In the light of all the protests about his release and others the government plans to overhaul the parole system. It has sought to change the law so that child killers face life behind bars without parole. Shame it’s too late to keep Pitchfork behind bars.
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