Murderer Colin Pitchfork ‘to change name’ and avoid sex register due to loophole

Schoolgirl killer Colin Pitchfork could be released as soon as today, it has been claimed

The mother of one of killer Colin Pitchfork’s victims has told of her anger amid claims he will not be placed on the sex offenders register – and plans to change his name.  

Pitchfork, 61, will be released after 33 years behind bars for the rape and murders of Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth, both 15, in Leicestershire in 1983 and 1986 respectively.  

The Parole Board faced a furious backlash over its decision to free Pitchfork – despite a government challenge.  

He could be released from HMP Leyhill today, according to the Sunday Mirror.  

Pitchfork is said to have been using the alias David Thorpe – but is legally entitled to change his name.  

Dawn’s mother, Barbara, 75, said: ‘It’s absolutely shocking he can do it legally. People need to know who he is and what he has done. 

‘He is a very dangerous man – he shouldn’t be on the streets at all,’ she told the Mirror. 

‘He shouldn’t be able to hide who he is.’  

Barbara and Robin Ashworth, parents of Dawn Ashworth, pictured in August, 1986 (Picture: Coventry Telegraph/BPM Media)

And the grieving mum, from Cornwall, branded Pitchfork ‘arrogant’ and a ‘psychopath who thinks he is above it all.’ 

‘The public must be protected from him and every safeguard must be put in place,’ she has warned.  

Former Home Secretary David Blunkett also expressed his ‘deep disappointment’ at how the Parole Board refused to reverse its decision, given the ‘heinous nature of his crimes’.  

‘The least that can now be ­expected to secure the confidence of the public and place their safety as the key priority on his release, is to place him on the register with all the consequent checks and restrictions which this brings.’ 

Dawn Ashworth, who was raped and murdered by Pitchfork in 1986 (Picture: Leicester Mercury)

But Pitchfork – who became the first man convicted of murder on the basis of DNA evidence in 1988 – has avoided being placed on the register due to a legal loophole which means anyone convicted of sex crimes before September 1997 will not be monitored.  

There are around 65,000 people on the Sex Offenders’ Register, who must notify police of details including their name, address and date of birth.  

Pitchfork will reportedly be subject to strict conditions including wearing a tag, living at a specific address and taking a lie detector test.  

Lynda Mann was murdered in 1983 (Picture: Cavendish Press)

Conservative peer, Lord Porter, has urged the Ministry of Justice to close the loophole.  

‘You can’t have too many safeguards with criminals like Colin Pitchfork,’ he told the Sunday People.  

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