A child killer who became the first person in the world to be convicted using DNA evidence, has been refused parole – but recommended for transfer to an open prison.
Colin Pitchfork was given a life sentence in 1988 for the rape and murder of 15-year-old Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth in Leicestershire.
Both victims’ families opposed his release.
Barbara Ashworth, Dawn’s mother, said that “life should mean life”.
‘Suitable for a move’
His case was referred to the Parole Board to review his suitability for release.
A spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that a three-member panel of the Parole Board has not directed the release of Colin Pitchfork but has recommended to the Ministry of Justice that he is suitable for a move to open conditions.
“It is up to the Ministry of Justice whether or not to accept this recommendation. We are unable to comment further on the details of this case.”
Rebecca Eastwood, Lynda Mann’s sister, started a petition demanding Pitchfork is never released.
It gathered 19,222 supporters and was submitted to the Parole Board before the hearing to consider his case.
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