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Hale Village widow living in fear as husband's murderer set to roam unsupervised

Thursday, May 18th, 2017 5:40am

David Irwin (R) who was killed in 2002

A brave widow from Hale Village is campaigning after being told her husband's murderer could no longer be supervised four years after his release from prison.

David Irwin was so severely beaten by paratrooper Stuart Pickett in 2002 that Helen Hill could not recognise her husband as he lay in a hospital bed before dying.
 
Earlier this month that she was told that because of Pickett's good behaviour he might not have to report to a parole officer as part of his life license.
 
Helen says she's lived in fear ever since his release in 2013.

"I'd like the Justice Minister, and the Parole Board, to really look at this policy again. Because, at the moment, it really feels like the system puts the wellbeing of the murderer first, before the safety and wellbeing of victims' families.

"I used to be a lot more confident about going out. I worry sick about my daughter. She's twenty now, but I'm constantly terrified. I have to have umpteen phonecalls from her if she ever goes out."

Helen's set up a petition calling on the government to review the policy on supervising convicted killers who've been released on license, asking 'Should convicted killers remain supervised' - you can see it for yourself here.

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