Colin Pitchfork raped and killed two 15-year-olds in Leicestershire in the 1980s – he was jailed for 30 years but he will be released this week, it has been confirmed
Double child killer Colin Pitchfork will be released this week, it has been confirmed.
Colin Pitchfork raped and killed two 15-year-olds in Leicestershire in the 1980s – he was jailed in the first conviction using DNA evidence and jailed for 30 years but he will be released this week
Pitchfork was the first murderer to be convicted using DNA evidence after he raped and killed 15-year-olds Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth in the 1980s.
On November 22 1983, Lynda Mann’s body was found on a deserted footpath in Leicestershire. She had been raped and strangled by Pitchfork.
Three years later on August 2, 1986, Dawn Ashworth’s body was found in a wooded area near a footpath called Ten Pound Lane in the same county. She had been beaten, savagely raped and strangled.
DNA profiling confirmed the girls had been killed by the same man and in 1987, one of Pitchfork’s colleagues revealed to fellow workers that he had taken a blood test while masquerading as Pitchfork who had told him he wanted to avoid being harassed by police because of prior convictions for indecent exposure.
A woman reported it to police and he was later arrested and jailed for life with a minimum term of 30 years in the first conviction using DNA evidence.
Earlier this year, the Parole Board said it was satisfied Pitchfork – who became eligible for parole in 2015 – was safe for release but the decision was challenged by the Government as the justice secretary asked for the case to be looked at again on the basis that the decision to release Pitchfork was irrational.
The Parole Board rejected the challenge and Pitchfork will be released this week. It is understood Pitchfork will be subject to 36 licence conditions in some of the strictest ever set. He will have to wear an electronic tag, face restrictions on using the internet and be banned from going near relatives of his victims.
The Ministry of Justice said that if Pitchfork breaches any of the 36 licence conditions he will be recalled back to prison.
A spokesman said: “Our heartfelt sympathies remain with the families of Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth following the independent Parole Board’s decision to release Colin Pitchfork.
“Public safety is our top priority, which is why he will be subject to some of the strictest licence conditions ever set and remain under supervision for the rest of his life.
“If he breaches these conditions, he faces an immediate return to prison”