Only one in four government appeals against parole board decisions to release serious offenders succeeds.


The appeal against child murder double child-killer and rapist Colin Pitchfork was one of 32 reconsideration ministers tried to trigger under a ruling introduced in 2019.

Only a quarter of the government’s appeals against the parole board’s decisions to release serious offenders have been successful, it may reveal.

The appeal against child murder double child-killer and rapist Colin Pitchfork was one of 32 reconsideration ministers tried to trigger under a ruling introduced in 2019.

But in only eight of those cases, the parole board has changed its mind about the release of a prisoner.

A spokesman for the parole board said: ‘Applications for reconsideration will only be eligible if there is a clear possibility that the process may be procedural or legally flawed.

‘It will not apply to decisions that are unpopular but still clearly made in strict accordance with legal requirements and common standards of practice.

‘The vast majority of offenders have committed a serious sexual or violent crime, so every decision is taken with the utmost care, with public safety being our top priority.’

The government will publish a review of the way parole operates later this year.

Pitchfork will not be placed on the sex offenders’ register when he is set free within a few days – for the humiliation of one of his victim’s relatives.

The 61-year-old has been cleared for release from open prison and is eligible to go on the list, which was introduced in 1997.

Anyone on the register must notify the police of any change in personal circumstances – including a name change.

Colin Pitchfork, 61, (pictured on release day), will be taken off the sex offenders register

Colin Pitchfork, 61, (pictured on release day), will be taken off the sex offenders register

Despite the sex register decision, probation officers will still keep an eye on the killer. But relatives of teen victims Linda Mann and Don Ashworth fear that won’t be enough.

They argue that Pitchfork, which has been using the name David Thorpe for several years, may adopt a third identity upon its release because the name is well publicized.

Don’s mother, Barbara Ashworth, 75, of Liscard, Cornwall, said: ‘Words fail me. A psychopath like him should not be allowed to change his name. It is absolutely shocking that he can do this legally. People need to know who he is and what he has done.

‘He’s a very dangerous man – he shouldn’t be on the streets at all.’

His brother Philippe Musson, 68, said: ‘The probation service must rely on its own system to monitor him upon release, but I doubt the public can be kept safe and any measures that may be put in place.

Image: Volunteers test to help investigating police officers find the killers of Leicestershire schoolgirls Linda Mann and Don Ashworth on January 5, 1987 (file photo)

Image: Volunteers test to help investigating police officers find the killers of Leicestershire schoolgirls Linda Mann and Don Ashworth on January 5, 1987 (file photo)

Pitchfork raped and murdered 15-year-old Linda and Don in Leicestershire in 1983 and 1986. The following year, after mass screening of about 5,000 men living near crime scenes, he became the world’s first murderer to be trapped by DNA.

He was given a minimum term of 30 years, which was later reduced to 28 years, and was deemed safe for release by the parole board in March. Most of the convicted sex offenders were not registered in the register before the Sex Offenders Act 1997 came into force as the law was generally not applied retrospectively.

But several exemptions left the door open for criminals to get involved, and Pitchfork qualified because he was still serving his sentence when the law was in force.

However, the Justice Ministry said yesterday that Pitchfork would not be registered because it would be supervised by a multi-agency public security system, or Mappa, made up of prison, probation and police officers.

Under the arrangement, it is assumed that prior to release they will be fitted with a GPS tag and subject to regular lie-detector testing once in the community.

A MoJ spokesman said: ‘Colin Pitchfork will be on license for life and subject to supervision and conditions that are far stricter than those of the Sex Offenders Register. If he violates these, he has to face being sent back to jail.

While the Mappa plan is to bring services together to manage the threat posed by released prisoners, a report last autumn found that critical information was not always being shared.

In May, an investigation found ‘serious deficiencies’ in the management of Mappa’s Fishmongers Hall terrorist Usman Khan.

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