Double child killer Colin Pitchfork recalled to jail | British news

The double child killer and rapist Colin Pitchfork has been arrested and remanded in jail two months after he was released, the Justice Department has said.

It is understood that he was returned to custody on Friday for a breach of his license terms – which he had agreed to comply with upon his release – and his re-release will be a matter for the Parole Board.

It is understood that his behavior gave rise to concern for the probation service, which monitored him under a strict regime.

Pitchfork, now in his early 60s, was the first man convicted of murder on the basis of DNA evidence in 1988 when he confessed to the rape and murder of two schoolgirls. He received a life sentence for raping and killing Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth, both 15, in Leicestershire in 1983 and 1986.

A spokesman for the Danish Prison and Probation Service said: “Protecting the public is our first priority, so when offenders break the conditions of their release and potentially pose an increased risk, we do not hesitate to return them for detention.”

There was an outcry when Pitchfork was released from prison in September after a failed campaign to keep him behind bars.

It is understood that the breach of his license terms did not involve a new criminal act, nor did it require the involvement of the police, other than arresting him so that he could be returned to prison. Officials declined to say what the worrying behavior was, and it is understood that the families of his victims were contacted for information.

Typical licensing conditions for a serious offender like Pitchfork include regular police reporting and probation, restrictions on where they can go and declare all electronic devices in their possession.

At the time of his release, Dawn’s mother, Barbara Ashworth, opposed the decision to release him, saying, “Life should have meant life.”

On Friday, she told the news agency PA Media: “I’m glad he’s been put away and women and girls are safe and protected from him now. It’s a safer place when he’s behind bars and I have to do not worry about other people being hurt by him at the moment.But there is always the worry that he may come out again, he seems to have many people on his side who give him the doubt.But so far I’m looking forward to the news. “

Pitchfork was caught after the world’s first mass screening for DNA when 5,000 men in three villages were asked to give blood or saliva samples, though he initially avoided justice by having a colleague take the test for him.

The Parole Board ruled that he was “fit for release” at a hearing in March despite being denied in 2016 and 2018. He was listed on the Sexual Offenders Register and was subject to other license conditions.

In July, the Parole Board rejected calls from the government to reconsider the decision. Robert Buckland, the then Secretary of Justice, had formally asked it to reconsider the move on the grounds that there was an argument that the decision was “irrational”.

The government plans to revise the probation system, and the results of a review are expected later this year. It has also tried to change the legislation so that child killers face life behind bars without parole.

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