Parole Board asked to reconsider decision to release Colin Pitchfork

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Colin Pitchfork could stay behind bars after the Lord Chancellor asked the  Parole Board to reconsider its decision to release the double child killer.

Lord Chancellor Alex Chalk asked the Parole Board to reconsider its decision today, the Ministry of Justice said.

Pitchfork was handed a life sentence in 1988 after admitting to the rape and murder of two 15-year-old girls, Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth.

The Lord Chancellor’s intervention came after a Ministry of Justice source described the Parole Board decision as ‘extremely worrying’ and Conservative MP for South Leicestershire Alberto Costa called for it to be challenged.

In a statement on Monday, Mr Chalk said: ‘My thoughts remain with the families of Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth, whose lives were changed forever by the heinous crimes of Colin Pitchfork.

Colin Pitchfork was handed a life sentence in 1988 after admitting to the rape and murder of two 15-year-old girls

Colin Pitchfork was handed a life sentence in 1988 after admitting to the rape and murder of two 15-year-old girls 

His initial minimum term of 30 years was reduced to 28 years in 2009, and Pitchfork was released (pictured after his release) in 2021. However, after just two months he was recalled to prison for 'approaching young women', in a breach of his licence conditions

His initial minimum term of 30 years was reduced to 28 years in 2009, and Pitchfork was released (pictured after his release) in 2021. However, after just two months he was recalled to prison for ‘approaching young women’, in a breach of his licence conditions

Lynda Mann (pictured) who was raped and murdered by Colin Pitchfork in 1983 when she was just 15

Lynda Mann (pictured) who was raped and murdered by Colin Pitchfork in 1983 when she was just 15

Pitchfork raped and murdered Dawn Ashworth, 15, (pictured) three years later in the nearby village of Enderby

Pitchfork raped and murdered Dawn Ashworth, 15, (pictured) three years later in the nearby village of Enderby

‘My number one priority is public protection and after careful assessment I have asked the Parole Board to reconsider their decision to release him.

‘It is absolutely vital that every lawful step is taken to keep dangerous offenders behind bars.’

Pitchfork, now 63, was sentenced to life in prison in 1988 after pleading guilty to the rape and murder of the two 15-year-old girls. 

His initial minimum term of 30 years was reduced to 28 years in 2009, and Pitchfork was released in 2021. However, after just two months he was recalled to prison for ‘approaching young women’, in a breach of his licence conditions. 

After he was recalled to prison in 2021, Dawn Ashworth's mother Barbara told the BBC the recall to prison meant that 'women and girls are safe and protected from him now'. Pictured: Dawn Ashworth

After he was recalled to prison in 2021, Dawn Ashworth’s mother Barbara told the BBC the recall to prison meant that ‘women and girls are safe and protected from him now’. Pictured: Dawn Ashworth

Despite the three year separation between Lynda Mann's (pictured) murder and Dawn Ashworth's killing, police used DNA and matched the modus operandi to connect the murders and trace Pitchfork

Despite the three year separation between Lynda Mann’s (pictured) murder and Dawn Ashworth’s killing, police used DNA and matched the modus operandi to connect the murders and trace Pitchfork

Pitchfork spent time in HMP Leyhill before being released in 2021 (pictured). However, after just two months he was recalled to prison for 'approaching young women', in a breach of his licence conditions

Pitchfork spent time in HMP Leyhill before being released in 2021 (pictured). However, after just two months he was recalled to prison for ‘approaching young women’, in a breach of his licence conditions

Pitchfork raped and strangled Lynda Mann, 15, in Narborough, Leicestershire, in November 1983, and raped and murdered Dawn Ashworth, 15, three years later in the nearby village of Enderby. 

Despite the three year separation, police used DNA and matched the modus operandi to connect the murders and trace Pitchfork.

He was arrested on September 19 1987, and admitted to the two murders and rapes, as well as to exposing himself to over 1,000 other women over his life in police interviews. 

Pitchfork initially claimed that he strangled the women to protect his identity, but the Crown Prosecution Service deemed it a kind of ‘perverted sadism’.

After he was recalled to prison in 2021, Dawn Ashworth’s mother Barbara told the BBC the recall to prison meant that ‘women and girls are safe and protected from him now.’

On June 15, this year, it was announced that Pitchfork would once again be released, on parole.

The Parole Board said the decision to recall Pitchfork to custody was flawed and ‘made on the basis of some of the allegations not being proved and upon some incorrect information.’

The panel said Pitchfork’s behaviour for almost all his time in prison has not caused any concern and it was no longer necessary for Pitchfork to remain confined for the protection of the public.

Alex Chalk (pictured) asked the Parole Board today to reconsider its decision to release Pitchfork

Alex Chalk (pictured) asked the Parole Board today to reconsider its decision to release Pitchfork

Pictured: Colin Pitchfork on his wedding day. Pitchfork pleaded guilty to both murders in September 1987 and was sentenced to life in January 1988. The judge said the killings were 'particularly sadistic' and at that time said he doubted Pitchfork would ever be released

Pictured: Colin Pitchfork on his wedding day. Pitchfork pleaded guilty to both murders in September 1987 and was sentenced to life in January 1988. The judge said the killings were ‘particularly sadistic’ and at that time said he doubted Pitchfork would ever be released

It said Pitchfork, who now reportedly goes by the name David Thorpe, could be released subject to several conditions.

They include to comply with requirements to live at a designated address, to be of good behaviour, surrender his passport, attend supervision appointments and disclose any developing relationships.

He would also have to submit to enhanced supervision including GPS tagging and a specified curfew, and comply with an unspecified exclusion zone to avoid contact with victims, women and children.

Earlier this year Mr Chalk vowed dangerous criminals convicted of the most serious crimes would be kept behind bars ‘for as long as necessary’.

He said: ‘We all want to know that depraved criminals convicted of the worst violent and sexual crimes will be kept behind bars for as long as is necessary.

‘But unfortunately this confidence in our justice system has been knocked in recent years because of the decision to release two evil men – the black taxi rapist John Worboys and the child murderer and rapist Colin Pitchfork.

‘Letting even one offender out of prison who is not safe to be on the streets means they can go on to commit a violent or sexual crime, shattering lives in the process.’

A spokesperson for the Parole Board said previously: ‘Protecting the public is our number one priority, however our sole focus in law is risk, not punishment, and must be based on evidence.

‘This case is eligible for reconsideration if any party thinks the decision is irrational or unfair.’

MailOnline has contacted the Parole Board for comment. 

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