Wife of killer for first ever public conditional hearing in UK

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Causley initially evaded justice for most of a decade after his wife’s murder by faking his own death as part of an insurance scam.

He was first convicted of murder in 1996, but this was overturned by the Court of Appeal in June 2003, after which he had to face a second murder trial and was again found guilty and sentenced to life in prison for the murder, a year after he died. his lover had moved Mrs. Packham into their home in Bournemouth, Dorset.

He was released from prison in 2020 after serving more than 23 years for the murder, but was returned to prison in November last year for violating his permit conditions. Causley will now face probation for review in October.

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Causley opposed a public hearing, indicating that he may not testify if the application is granted, but that he will now have a public hearing in October.

Public hearing ‘in the public interest’

Announcing the decision, Caroline Corby, the chair of the probation commission, said a public hearing would be in the public interest because of the seriousness of his crimes, the high profile of his case and to help the public support the probation service’s work. easier to understand. plate.

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“I have decided that there are special features, which set it apart from other matters, that can contribute to the correct public understanding of the parole system,” she added.

These include the fact that it would be the first since the amendment to the law allows hearings to be held in public and that the probation commission must consider refusing to disclose the whereabouts of a victim’s body.

“I have carefully considered Mr Causley’s statements and have come to the conclusion that the interests of justice outweigh the points raised on behalf of Mr Causley. I therefore agree to the request that the hearing be held in public to keep.”

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The filing is the second received by the Parole Board to request a public hearing after the rule change earlier this year allowed the public and media to observe the proceedings.

Charles Bronson, one of the longest serving and most notorious inmates in the UK, was the first to request such a hearing.

No date has been set for his next parole review, though it’s believed to be later this year or early 2023, and a decision on whether or not to go public has yet to be made.

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