Double child killer and rapist Colin Pitchfork WILL go on the sex offence register

By Daily Mail Reporter and Pa Published: 22:34 BST, 21 July 2021 | Updated: 08:53 BST, 22 July 2021 Double child killer and rapist Colin Pitchfork will be placed on the sex offenders register after th

Double child killer and rapist Colin Pitchfork WILL go on the sex offence register

Double child killer and rapist Colin Pitchfork WILL go on the sex offence register, MoJ confirms after earlier saying he wouldn't

  • Colin Pitchfork will be placed on the sex offenders register after parole
  • Officials said he couldn't be registered as offence was before legislation in 1997 
  • MoK claimed Pitchfork had always been eligible for the register
  • He was jailed for life after raping and strangling 15-year-olds Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth in Leicestershire in 1983 and 1986 

Double child killer and rapist Colin Pitchfork will be placed on the sex offenders register after the Daily Mail informed officials he was eligible after all.

Pitchfork, pictured, was given a life sentence but is set to be released next month after serving 33 years in jail. Officials had previously said he could not be registered as a sex offender as his offence pre-dated the relevant legislation from 1997. 

The Mail highlighted exemptions which meant criminals such as Pitchfork could go on the register despite this.

Barbara Ashworth, 75, whose 15-year-old daughter Dawn was Pitchfork’s second victim in 1986, said the Ministry of Justice’s U-turn was a ‘great relief’, adding: ‘I’d like to thank the Daily Mail for bringing this to light.’ 

Double child killer and rapist Colin Pitchfork will be placed on the sex offenders register after the Daily Mail informed officials he was eligible after all

Double child killer and rapist Colin Pitchfork will be placed on the sex offenders register after the Daily Mail informed officials he was eligible after all

Yesterday the MoJ claimed Pitchfork, 61, had always been eligible for the register. He will also be under ‘far stricter supervision and conditions’ as a result of his release, a spokesman said.

The Parole Board decision last week to reject the Government's challenge against its ruling that Pitchfork can be released from behind bars means he will be freed. 

Pitchfork, now in his early 60s, was jailed for life after raping and strangling 15-year-olds Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth in Leicestershire in 1983 and 1986. 

He became the first man convicted of murder on the basis of DNA evidence, in 1988, after admitting two murders, two rapes, two indecent assaults and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. 

The MoJ issued a statement at the weekend saying that Pitchfork would not be placed on the sex offenders register upon release but, in a clarification on Wednesday, said the opposite was true. 

Pitchfork, now in his early 60s, was jailed for life after raping and strangling 15-year-olds Lynda Mann (pictured) in Leicestershire in 1983
He raped and strangled Dawn Ashworth (pictured) in 1986

Pitchfork, now in his early 60s, was jailed for life after raping and strangling 15-year-olds Lynda Mann (left) and Dawn Ashworth (right) in Leicestershire in 1983 and 1986

The department said it 'sincerely apologised' for the error but stressed that the terms of Pitchfork's lifetime licence will be more stringent than the conditions of the register. 

Pitchfork was handed a 30-year minimum term but that was cut by two years in 2009, and he was moved to an open prison three years ago.

Following a hearing in March, the Parole Board ruled he was 'suitable for release', despite this being denied in 2016 and 2018. 

Last month Justice Secretary Robert Buckland asked the board, which is independent of the Government, to re-examine the decision under the co-called reconsideration mechanism, but his application was refused. 

The department said it 'sincerely apologised' for the error but stressed that the terms of Pitchfork's lifetime licence will be more stringent than the conditions of the register

The department said it 'sincerely apologised' for the error but stressed that the terms of Pitchfork's lifetime licence will be more stringent than the conditions of the register

A spokeswoman for the MoJ said: 'Colin Pitchfork has always been eligible for the sex offenders register and will be added to it upon release. 

'Additionally, he will be subject to far stricter supervision and conditions as a result of his life licence and if he breaches these, he faces being sent back to prison.' 

Those signing the register have to notify police of all foreign travel, if they are living in a household with a minor, and have to provide officers with financial details, such as bank accounts and credit cards, as well as their passport information and national insurance number.

The Government plans to overhaul the parole system, with the findings of a review expected later this year.  

It has also sought to change the law so child-killers face life behind bars without parole.    

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