Infamous child killer Colin Pitchfork is set for FREEDOM: the parole board decides that the first person convicted with DNA can be released after raping and strangling two 15-year-old school girls
- Colin Pitchfork was sentenced to life in prison for strangling Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth
- He killed Mann in 1983 before killing Ashworth in 1986 – both in Leicestershire
- Now the parole board says Pitchfork is eligible for release from prison
One of the UK’s most vicious child killers, Colin Pitchfork, will find out next month if he will be released from prison
A man who raped and killed two school girls in the 1980s is eligible for release, the parole board said.
Colin Pitchfork was sentenced to life in prison after strangling 15-year-old Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth in Leicestershire in 1983 and 1986.
A hearing was held in March to see if he was eligible for release and the decision was made public on Monday.
A document detailing the Parole Board’s decision states: “After examining the circumstances of his violation, the progress made in detention and the evidence presented at the hearing, the panel was satisfied that Mr. Pitchfork was eligible for release . ”
Pitchfork – the first person ever caught by DNA evidence – was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1988.
Pitchfork, known to the police as serial flashers, attacked the girls and dumped their bodies on dark, secluded sidewalks a few yards apart in Narborough.
Pitchfork raped and strangled Lynda after dropping his wife off in an evening class while his young son slept in the back of his car.
Three years later, he raped and murdered Dawn in a similar attack.
Pitchfork – the first person ever caught through DNA evidence – was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1988 for raping 15-year-old school girls Lynda Mann (left) and Dawn Ashworth (right) from Leicestershire in 1983 and 1986 had murdered
The killer was the first criminal to be caught in the revolutionary DNA profiling process carried out by Sir Alec Jeffreys at the University of Leicester.
Well, ahead of his December hearing, South Leicestershire MP Alberto Costa has expressed “great concern” to the Chief Executive of the Parole Board for England and Wales, Martin Jones.
He said he met with Mr. Jones to reiterate the grave concerns of his constituents about the possible release of Pitchfork.
The case of Pitchfork was last rejected by the Parole Board in 2018.