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How old is Colin Pitchfork now and will he be released?

NOTORIOUS double child murderer, Colin Pitchfork, was sentenced to 30 years in 1988 for raping and killing two 15-year-old girls in Leicestershire.

After he was denied parole in 2018, the Parole Board ruled that he can be released, it was revealed on Monday, June 7, 2021.

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Child killer Colin Pitchfork was jailed in 1988 for the rape and murder of two teens
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Child killer Colin Pitchfork was jailed in 1988 for the rape and murder of two teens[/caption]

Who is Colin Pitchfork and who are his tragic victims?

Pitchfork, now 61, was the first person in the world to be arrested and convicted using DNA evidence.

He was jailed for life in 1988 for raping and murdering Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth, both 15, in Leicestershire.

Lynda was strangled and viciously attacked as she set off to visit a friend’s house on November 21, 1983.

Three years later, on July 31, 1986, Dawn was brutally beaten, strangled and raped as she walked home.

After applying for parole in 2017, their killer was pictured preparing for life on the outside — and was even spotted shopping in Bristol on day release.

Kath Eastwood, the mother of one of his victims, Lynda Mann, said he should never be freed as he would always be a danger to the public.

Kath added: “He shouldn’t even be breathing and should, at least, be locked up forever.’’

Lynda’s father, Jonathan, is stricken with Parkinson’s disease and “luckily too ill” to grasp the situation.

In 2018, Pitchfork was denied parole and was told he will be eligible for further review within two years.

A hearing took place in March 2021 to consider whether he was suitable for release and on June 7, 2021, the decision that the Parole Board ruled Pitchfork was suitable for release, was published.

Dawn Ashworth was raped and murdered by Pitchfork in the 80s
Dawn Ashworth was raped and murdered by Pitchfork in the 80s

The killer will have 35 conditions attached to his release including electronic tagging, lie detector tests and he must provide details of any vehicle he owns.

He must also not visit the area where his crimes were committed.

A document detailing the Parole Board decision said: “After considering the circumstances of his offending, the progress made while in custody and the evidence presented at the hearing, the panel was satisfied that Mr Pitchfork was suitable for release.”

The decision is provisional for 21 days.

Lynda Mann was also one of his victims
Lynda Mann was also one of his victims


What happened when Colin Pitchfork was on day release in 2017?

On November 13, 2017, we reported how Pitchfork was allowed out to roam Bristol city centre alone for six hours.

He was seen eating a pulled pork sandwich and giggled as he pored over Great British Bake Off books.

Pitchfork, who has changed his name to Thorpe, also went to a job centre and visited three banks.

He was returned by staff to HMP Leyhill, an open prison in Gloucestershire.

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In November 2017, child murderer Colin Pitchfork was seen in public for the first time since being jailed 30 years ago[/caption]

What art has the killer exhibited?

The double-murderer exhibited a sculpture at the Royal Festival Hall in April 2009 — sparking public outrage.

He had created the design, titled Bringing Music To Life, from inside HMP Frankland, County Durham.

It was described as being made “in meticulous miniature detail by folding, cutting and tearing the score of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony”.

Sick Pitchfork had written alongside the piece: “Without this opportunity to show our art, many of us would have no incentive, we would stay locked in ourselves as much as the walls that hold us.”

Distress from the family of his victims led to the work being removed from display.

When could Colin Pitchfork be released from prison?

Pitchfork had pleaded guilty to the rape and murder of the two teens and was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 30 years.

This was reduced on appeal to 28 years in 2009.

Local MP Alberto Costa said he had met the chief executive of the Parole Board for England and Wales Martin Jones to discuss the case.

Following the meeting, Mr Costa announced he would write to the Secretary of State for Justice, Robert Buckland MP, to ensure both he and the Parole Board were aware of local concerns about the case.

Mr Costa said: “Colin Pitchfork’s heinous crimes quite understandably live long in the memory of many of my constituents and his case is still of considerable concern to residents in South Leicestershire.

“In light of his recent referral for a parole review, I was very pleased to meet with the chief executive of the Parole Board and to gain a better understanding of Pitchfork’s case in order to inform the next steps I will be taking on this matter.

“The safety and wellbeing of my constituents is, of course, paramount importance, so I want to ensure that the Parole Board are fully aware of Pitchfork’s crimes and his character before any decisions are made.”

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