Monster Colin Pitchfork will strike again, says victim’s sister

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The sister of a teenage girl who was raped and murdered by the double child killer Colin Pitchfork has warned “he will strike again” following his release from prison.

Pitchfork, now 61, walked free last week after 33 years behind bars when parole chiefs released him from his life sentence.

Now living in a parole hostel at an undisclosed location, he has been set free after doing jailtime for strangling 15-year-olds Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth in Leicestershire.

His bids to be set free from prison were rejected in 2016 and 2018 but in March this year the Parole Board decided the killer was now “suitable for release”.

Speaking publicly for the first time in more than five years, Lynda Mann's sister Rebecca Eastwood told The Sun newspaper she believes Pitchfork will murder again.

The heartbroken 40-year-old said on Monday: “I haven’t spoken for so long because I hate thinking about him.

“But every woman and child in Britain needs to know that Pitchfork is at large. He could be living on your street, or near your school. There’s a monster in our midst and no one is truly safe.”

Pitchfork, who was in his 20s at the time of the attacks in 1983 and 1986, was convicted of two murders, two rapes, two indecent assaults, and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice after pioneering DNA evidence linked him to the crimes.

Ms Eastwood added: “I honestly believe he will kill again. And I don’t want anyone else to go through the pain that our family has.

“The Parole Board says it is safe - but they can’t be 100 per cent certain. You can slap all the restrictions you like on him - but he’s a clever man, a manipulator, if he’s free, there’s always a risk.

“There have been mistakes made in the past. I just pray that this isn’t another one. He is a monster who will never change his ways.”

Pitchfork was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 30 years which was reduced by two years at a 2009 appeal.

He raped and strangled Ms Mann in November 1983 and carried out a similar attack on Ms Ashworth in July 1986.

He remained free until 1987 when blood and semen samples taken from the victims were identified using DNA analysis after a mass screening of men from three areas of Leicestershire to try to catch the killer.

Pitchfork, a baker, admitted exposing himself to hundreds of women and girls, starting when he was a teenager.

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