Mercy Muroki: I hope those in charge of Colin Pitchfork's fate have learnt their lesson
The fact it needs stating that it was glaringly obvious a man this evil is not – and will never be – fit to be around young girls again is staggering to me
On the 3rd of September, I wrote an article with the headline 'When will Britain ever properly punish child killers like Colin Pitchfork?'
I wrote this following the release of double child rapist and murderer Colin Pitchfork from jail – which came after the Parole Board deemed he had made positive progress and was fit for release into society.
Pitchfork had served three decades for his crimes, and despite the government's best efforts to get the decision to release him overturned by the Parole Board – they had made up their minds.
Pitchfork, according to the parole board and virtually nobody else, was definitely a reformed man fit to live amongst my children and your children.
Well, just TWO months after he was released, Pitchfork is back in jail after making unwanted advances to young women in the street.
Speaking to The Sun newspaper, the now retired Detective who caught Pitchfork said this: "He has been in prison for a long time and suddenly he has access to young girls on a daily basis... This is what we expected... He conned the probation service."
The fact it needs stating that it was glaringly obvious a man this evil is not – and will never be – fit to be around young girls again is staggering to me.
What were the parole board playing at? There is ONE, just one, positive in this whole saga. And that is that Pitchfork did not manage to actually harm another child. I honestly believe that given a few weeks, or months, he inevitably would have taken the chance.
Because a man who wraps his bare hands around a child's neck after brutally raping her, then dumps her body like it's nothing but garbage will never be safe around children. It gives me no pleasure to say this but 'I told you so'.
I hope those in charge of Pitchfork's fate have finally learnt their lesson, it's just a shame they put young women at risk doing so.