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Who was Colin Pitchfork?
Colin Pitchfork, who raped and murdered two schoolgirls in the 1980s, will be released from prison after the Parole Board rejected a government challenge to his ruling.
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Colin Pitchfork Age
He was 33 year old.
News that the decision was to be challenged was welcomed by the families of the victims and Alberto Costa, a Conservative MP from South Leicestershire, who has campaigned for Pitchfork to remain behind bars.
Pitchfork has spent 33 years in prison and was previously denied parole in 2018.
Colin Pitchfork, 22 at the time of the first murder, was married with two children. He was a baker who grew up in rural Leicestershire and lived in Littlethorpe.
In November 1983, he left his baby sleeping in the back of his car and raped and strangled Lynda Mann, 15, in Narborough. He then drove home and put her son to bed.
Three years later, less than a mile from where Lynda died, he raped and murdered Dawn Ashworth, also 15, of Enderby. The pathologist who examined her body described it as a “brutal sexual assault.”
A police investigation initially led to the wrong man, a 17-year-old local man who falsely confessed to one of the murders. After an unprecedented mass examination of 5,000 men using pioneering “DNA profiling” technology, Pitchfork was finally captured. At first, Pitchfork had evaded justice by persuading a colleague to take the test for him.
He pleaded guilty to both murders in September 1987 and was sentenced to life in prison in January 1988. The judge said the murders were “particularly sadistic” and that he doubted Pitchfork would ever be released.
In 2009, his 30-year life fee was lowered by two years for “exceptional progress,” a decision that was heavily criticized by the families of his victims.
He was transferred to an undisclosed open prison sometime prior to January 8, 2017, following his request for his release.