Garry Newloves killers set for release from prison as frustrated widow calls


“I read both victim’s statements out,” Baroness Newlove told the Daily Mirror. “Both times they [the offenders] were in the hearing room and you have to wait until they come in and then you go in.”If you go on your own with your MoJ representative for support, you can feel intimidated it’s a scary environment when you’ve got no rights and had to apply for permission to attend. They, along with Adam Swellings, killed father of three Mr Newlove as they tried to steal a car outside his home in Warrington, Cheshire, in 2007. His three daughters witnessed the attack. John Worboys’ victims were kept in the dark about his planned release from prisonCredit:Metropolitan Police /PA John Worboys Baroness Newlove Two of the three killers who kicked Garry Newlove to death are set to be released from prison, as his widow calls for a change in the law to allow victims of crime to be informed about parole hearings.Baroness Helen Newlove, now the Victims’ Commissioner, revealed her pain at attending the hearing of thugs Jordan Cunliffe, 26, and 28-year-old Stephen Sorton.The pair were moved to open prison last year – 12 years after killing her 47-year-old husband – ahead of their potential release from jail next year.Baroness Newlove is now trying to bring in the new law with campaigners and the support of the three major political parties, but the government has so far failed to introduce the legislation.She described the “frustrating” process of attending the killers’ parole hearings. She had to apply for permission to attend and, after reading a statement, was unable to ask questions. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Swellings was 19, Sorton, 17, and Cunliffe, 16, when they were given life sentences for murder in 2008, with terms of 17, 15 and 12 years respectively. Swellings will not be eligible for parole until 2024.A Parole Board spokeswoman said: “In 2017 the Board recommended Stephen Sorton and Jordan Cunliffe were suitable for a move to open conditions.” She said the law would give victims a legal right to be heard, and to be informed of decisions they could then challenge.Baroness Newlove said: “Release is a painful part of the victim journey. You know it must happen but it does not make it any easier. It’s just so painful.”Last year, she attended the parole hearings of Cunliffe and Sorton, but said she could not ask them anything about their attack.Video: Helen Newlove vows to fight for victims in Lords Baroness Newlove said of the parole hearings: ‘You get nothing in return other than a polite acknowledgement and thank you for coming’Credit:Heathcliff O’Malley for The Telegraph  “The hearing is cathartic. You get to look at the Parole Board panel and hopefully the offender in the eye. But it is frustrating. You get nothing in return other than a polite acknowledgement and thank you for coming.”You can only read your submitted statement. You cannot deviate from the script. There are no questions. For me it was frustrating.”Baroness Newlove’s comments come after the failings highlighted in the John Worboys case, where the black cab rapist’s victims were kept in the dark about his impending release.

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