Colin Pitchfork was sent back to jail in November as a preventative measure after he began approaching young women. He was originally jailed for 30 years in 1987 after raping and strangling 15-year-olds Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth
Double child killer Colin Pitchfork could be cleared for a move to an open prison within months after his case was referred back to the Parole Board.
Pitchfork, 61, was sent back to jail in November as a preventative measure after he began approaching young women.
Probation staff also suspected he had been trying to cheat lie detector tests by using breathing techniques.
The killer, who served 33 years, had only been released on licence two months earlier amid a public outcry at the Parole Board’s decision.
He was freed despite concerns from experts about the killer’s “capacity to manipulate and deceive” and his failure to show remorse for the murders.
An attempt by the Government to block the move was rejected by a judge-led panel.
His case has now been referred back to the Parole Board and a hearing to decide if he can be moved to open conditions is due to take place in the spring.
The killer was jailed for at least 30 years in 1987 after raping and strangling 15-year-olds Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth in Leicestershire in 1983 and 1986.
Barbara Ashworth, Dawn’s mother, said when he was recalled: “I’m pleased that he’s been put away and women and girls are safe and protected from him now. It’s a safer place when he’s behind bars and I won’t have to worry about other people being hurt by him for the time being.
“But there’s always the worry that he might get out again, he seems to have a lot of people on his side who give him the benefit of the doubt. But for now, I have to be pleased about the news.”
Pitchfork was the first person convicted of murder on DNA evidence. He was denied parole in 2016 and 2018 but in the summer he was deemed no longer a danger.
A Parole Board spokesperson said: “We can confirm the parole review of the requested case (Pitchfork) has been referred to the Parole Board and is following standard processes.
“Parole Board decisions are solely focused on what risk a prisoner could represent to the public if released and whether that risk is manageable in the community.
“The panel will carefully examine a whole range of evidence, including details of the original crime, and any evidence of behaviour change, as well as understand the harm done and impact the crime has had on the victims.
“Parole reviews are undertaken thoroughly and with extreme care. Protecting the public is our number one priority.”