Renewed Controversy Surrounds Colin Pitchfork’s Potential Release: Mother of Victim Speaks Out
The recent announcement of a reconsidered parole bid for Colin Pitchfork, the infamous double child killer, has ignited fresh fury, particularly from the mother of one of his victims, Lynda Mann.
Pitchfork, convicted of raping and strangling both Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth in 1983 and 1986, faces renewed scrutiny as he seeks another chance at freedom.
Pitchfork’s Criminal History: A Brutal Legacy
In 1988, Pitchfork was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 30 years, later reduced to 28 years, for the heinous murders of Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth.
Dawn’s mother, Barbara Ashworth, vehemently opposes the recent decision, expressing her disbelief and anger. Despite previous parole denials, Pitchfork’s persistence has led to a reconsideration of his release.
Parole Board’s Decision: A History of Controversy
Pitchfork’s initial application for parole faced rejection when his alarming behavior during brief periods of freedom came to light.
Loitering in forests and parks, approaching lone women, and violating strict license conditions led to his recall to prison in 2021.
The subsequent parole hearings in 2023 faced government intervention, blocking his release. Notably, the Parole Board emphasized the lack of clarity on Pitchfork’s current attitudes towards sex.
Uncovering Pitchfork’s Disturbing Past: Deviant Fantasies and Recalled Incidents
During recent hearings, details emerged about Pitchfork’s pre-arrest life, revealing “deviant fantasies” and a belief in entitlement to sex.
His actions, such as approaching lone females and attempting to manipulate polygraph tests, raised concerns about his behavior outside prison. T
he Parole Board’s decision to deny release stemmed from inconsistent explanations and a dearth of information on Pitchfork’s current mindset.
Pitchfork’s Gruesome Crimes: A Dark Chapter in History
Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth fell victim to Pitchfork’s brutality in 1983 and 1986, respectively.
Lynda was murdered in Narborough, Leicestershire, while Dawn’s disappearance in Enderby three years later ended in the discovery of her body hidden under branches.
Pitchfork’s DNA evidence played a pivotal role in his conviction, marking the first instance of DNA evidence leading to a conviction.
Ministry of Justice and Government Response
The Parole Board’s decision to reconsider Pitchfork’s case has prompted a response from the Ministry of Justice, expressing sympathy for the victims’ families.
The government, led by Justice Secretary Alex Chalk, is seeking an urgent meeting with the Parole Board.
Amid concerns about flawed decisions, the government is actively working to ensure justice and provide certainty for the families affected.
Implications of the Reconsideration: What Lies Ahead
The successful challenge by Pitchfork has paved the way for a “complete re-hearing,” leaving the families of victims in a state of distress and uncertainty.
The Parole Board emphasizes that release can only be directed if the new panel deems it unnecessary for the protection of the public to confine Pitchfork in prison.
Justice Secretary Alex Chalk’s urgent meeting seeks to address the profound concerns raised by the reconsideration decision.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn