Schoolgirl killer Colin Pitchfork will dodge the sex offender register when he is released from prison – and plans to change his name.
The monster will taste full freedom for the first time in 33 years when he leaves HMP Leyhill in Gloucestershire, possibly as early as Sunday.
But the fiend, 61, who raped and killed 15-year-olds Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth in 1983 and 1986, has dodged the sex offender list because of a legal loophole.
Evil Pitchfork has been using the name David Thorpe for several years but plans to further mask his true identity and sick past by getting another name change.
He is perfectly entitled to swap his identity again by deed poll – and it would cost him just £33.
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Dawn’s mother Barbara, 75, said tonight: “Words fail me. A psychopath like him shouldn’t be allowed to change his name.
“He’ll be able to walk in the pub as a new man, with a new identity.
“It’s absolutely shocking that 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. He shouldn’t be able to hide who he is.”
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Pitchfork, the first killer in the world to be snared using DNA evidence, will be released without being monitored on the sex offender register.
Under a legal loophole, the strict monitoring conditions cannot be imposed on anyone convicted of sex crimes before 1997.
Anyone on the register must notify police of any change in their personal circumstances – including a name change.
The Government, which fought a Parole Board decision to release him, says Pitchfork will still be subject to tough conditions.
But former Labour Home Secretary Lord David Blunkett said tonight: “I was deeply disappointed that the Parole Board did not reverse their earlier decision to release Pitchfork, given the heinous nature of the crimes he committed.
“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.”
Barbara, who lives in Liskeard, Cornwall, added: “It’s shocking that he is not on the register. I assumed he would have been.
“I’m convinced he will do all he can to be around children.
“He has been refused that opportunity while he’s been locked up.
“But that will change when he walks the streets again He’s so arrogant – a psychopath who thinks he is above it all.
“The public must be protected from him and every safeguard must be put in place.”
Pitchfork raped and strangled Lynda in Narborough, Leics, and did the same to Dawn three years later in nearby Enderby.
The predator, who has been allowed out on day release trips for at least four years and was snapped in Bristol in 2017, is set for full freedom after the Government failed to overturn the Parole Board decision.
He will be required to wear a tag on his release, live at a specific address and take a lie detector test.
But his name will not be among 65,000 sex offenders on the register.
Conservative peer Lord Porter called on the Ministry of Justice to consider closing the loophole in the House of Lords this month.
He told the Sunday People: “You cannot have too many safeguards with criminals like Colin Pitchfork.
“The only reason he is not on the register is because of a quirk of timing.
“His offences are more than sufficient to warrant him being on the list and the public have the right to know who is on it.
“Everything that could be done, should be done. It’s belts, braces and a bit of baling twine.”
Ex-Tory leader Michael Howard, who created the sex offender register while he was Home Secretary, said it would be very difficult in law to add Pitchfork retrospectively.
But he said: “I have every sympathy with the families of the victims. I agree with the Justice Secretary that he should never have been given parole.”
Gail McDade, 42, set up a petition to end the loophole after learning that the man who killed her childhood friend would also avoid being placed on the register.
She said: “We knew that there would be other perpetrators of horrendous crimes, coming out of prison in the next few years and they would not be subject to the conditions of the register.
“I am devastated it has happened again so quickly.”
Dad-of-two Pitchfork, a convicted flasher, left his baby son asleep in a car before killing Lynda, who was walking home along a dimly lit path.
He raped and murdered her simply because “she was there”, he admitted to police later.
Dawn’s body was found in woods less than a mile away after a brutal sexual assault.
Pitchfork was convicted by DNA evidence after a mass screening of nearly 5,000 men living near the crime scenes. Pitchfork, who was married, was given a 30-year minimum term, cut to 28 years in 2009. He was deemed safe for release by the Parole Board in March.
Justice Secretary Robert Buckland branded the decision irrational but officials rejected a last-ditch appeal. Brian Escott-Cox, QC, who prosecuted the case, said tougher sentencing laws today would have kept Pitchfork in prison for life.
In the Sunday People last month, Mr Escott-Cox, 89, said: “Knowing the case as well as I do, I feel uncomfortable about his release. He’s a psychopath – there’s no known cure.
“One thing he constantly said when he was first arrested in 1987 was, ‘I’m not an educated man, I can’t believe how easy it is to fool these people. All you have to do is tell them what they want to hear’.”
The Ministry of Justice, which fought against his release on parole, said Pitchfork would remain under close probation supervision for life.
A spokesman said: “Colin Pitchfork will be on licence for life and subject to supervision and conditions far stricter than the sex offenders’ register.
“If he breaches these, he faces being sent back to prison.”
Gail’s fight to end loophole
Horrified Gail McDade has set up a petition to end the sex register loophole after learning that the man who killed her childhood friend would also avoid being placed on the register.
Adam Stein, now 61, abducted, raped and suffocated six-year-old Collette Gallacher in 1986 in Corby, Northants. Stein, pictured below before his arrest, was released from jail this March and tried to conceal his identity by legally changing his name.
Gail, 42, said: “I am devastated it has happened again so quickly and that Colin Pitchfork is now being released and not being placed on the register.
“How many other serious sex offenders have been released since 1997 and not placed on the register? It makes me shudder to think.”
In a separate move campaigners want to ban offenders on the register from changing identity with a Della’s Law, named after child rape victim Della Wright.
Della, 47, learned the man who raped her at the age of six had changed his name five times.
We revealed in January that Terry Price, now named Mr Mac, was among at least 1,348 sex beasts to have changed their name.
Sixteen police forces said 913 perverts had gone missing.
It is feared many could have changed their names without telling authorities.