Double child killer Colin Pitchfork's parole hearing goes public - here's how you can attend

Mugshot of convicted child killer Colin Pitchfork
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Double child-killer Colin Pitchfork will face a fresh parole hearing in the coming weeks. Pitchfork raped and strangled 15-year-olds Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth in Enderby and Narborough in the 1980s.

In 1988, he was sentenced to life behind bars with a minimum term of 28 years, which has now passed. He convinced The Parole Board to release him in 2021, but he was soon back behind bars after breaching his release conditions. Pitchfork made a new attempt to regain his freedom last year, but failed with the board deciding to keep him incarcerated.

However, the Parole Board said that when it made its most recent decision to keep Pitchfork incarcerated, the three-member panel should have considered the opinion of Pitchfork's prison offender manager, but failed to do so. Because of this, Pitchfork’s appeal against the decision was successful, and the Parole Board agreed to let him have a further hearing.

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A three-day hearing is now scheduled to take place on Monday, July 8; Tuesday, July 9; and Wednesday, July 10. Local MP Alberto Costa was among those calling for the hearing to take place in public.

Parole Board hearings typically are conducted behind closed doors, but can now, in certain circumstances, take place in public if requested, after changes were made in the law in a bid to remove the secrecy behind the process. In the case of Pitchfork, the board ruled “the interests of justice” outweighed “the points raised on Mr Pitchfork's behalf".

Anyone wishing to attend the hearing will need to email for a registration form. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, the board has said.