First murderer convicted using DNA evidence to be released 


First mur-derer convicted using DNA evidence to be released 

He was eventually caught after the world’s first mass screening for DNA – where 5,000 men in three villages were asked to volunteer blood or saliva samples.

Pitchfork pleaded guilty to two offences of mur-der, two of rape, two of indecent assault and one of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. His minimum term was cut by two years in 2009.

Although he was denied parole in 2016 and in 2018, Pitchfork was moved to an open pri-son three years ago.

A document detailing the Parole Board decision said: “After considering the circumstances of his offending, the progress made while in custody and the evidence presented at the hearing, the panel was satisfied that Mr Pitchfork was suitable for release.”

In 2017, a Conservative MP raised concerns about whether the child kil-ler had been allowed to mix with the public after it emerged he had been moved to an open pri-son. 

Alberto Costa, MP for South Leicestershire, where Pitchfork committed the crimes, said: “We do need to know whether he is among the public. I want assurances that every ‘t’ has been crossed and every ‘i’ dotted to ensure the safety of the public.”

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