On his website, MP for South Leicestershire, Alberto Costa, writes that he was appalled to learn of the extremely disgusting decision to release double rapist and child murderer Colin Pitchfork from prison.
Pitchfork was jailed for life in 1988 for raping and murdering local 15yr old schoolgirls Dawn Ashworth and Lynda Mann.
Alberto, who has worked very hard in campaigning to keep double murderer Pitchfork behind bars, was aghast at how the Parole Board could make such an awful decision.
Mr Costa has been in regular contact with the Parole Board over the last few months and has repeatedly pressed his constituents’ views that Pitchfork should never be released due to the horrifying nature of his crimes. Pitchfork’s twisted and vicious sexual offences involved raping two innocent teenage girls and then callously murdering them. It was only because of advances in DNA technology that Pitchfork was caught.
The Parole Board were meant to decide in March 2021 but delayed the decision to receive more evidence from the prison authorities which, Mr Costa believes, is a way for the Parole Board to ‘cross every t and dot every I’ to strengthen its decision to release ‘this repugnant man’ and avoid criticism in the courts.
On his website Alberto is quoted saying “The Parole Board is supposed to protect people across our country. How on earth can they justify a decision to release such a repugnant, dangerous rapist and murderer such as Pitchfork? If Pitchfork had committed these terrible crimes today, it is highly unlikely that he would be released.”
He added, “Now that the Parole Board has chosen to release Pitchfork, the matter moves into the hands of ministers. It is up to the Secretary of State for Justice to demand a reconsideration of the Parole Board’s dreadful decision to release this child rapist and killer.”
Doing the rounds of radio and T.V. stations Alberto Costa reminded audiences that Pitchfork’s twisted and vicious sexual offences involved raping two innocent teenage girls, then callously murdering them. It was only because of advances in DNA technology that Pitchfork was caught.
Alberto said “I understand that the Secretary of State has 21 days in which to push for a full reconsideration of this flawed decision. I have spoken with ministers and am pleading with them to do all that they can to stop the release of this brutal double child murderer.”
“The government rightly states that it will take offences, particularly sexual offences, against women and children very seriously; there is nothing more serious in terms of sexual offences than raping and murdering two innocent teenage girls.”
If released, Pitchfork would remain on licence for the rest of his life and would have restrictions on his movements and conduct.
He would not be allowed anywhere in Leicestershire or to knowingly approach any of the girls’ relatives.
It has also been said that he will be given a new identity.
The news has brought anger to local social media where posts on ‘All Things Enderby Community’ Facebook Group highlight local disapproval of the decision. Muddir Choudhry posted “Is there a petition on anywhere that can be signed to oppose will always be a danger to the public. Group member Sara How offered the link http://chng.it/CVp5DY44Zq
75yr old Mrs Ashworth told the Daily Mail: “This news is so upsetting. There are still 15-year-old girls wandering around and this man could still have 20 years of his life to abuse them.
“He can’t hurt me any more than he has done – Pitchfork ripped my family and I apart – but he can hurt other young girls.”
View All Things Enderby Community Facebook page
Petition link http://chng.it/CVp5DY44Zq
View report in Leicestershire Live (Leicester Mercury 7/6/2021)
View/Listen to Alberto on Talk Radio