Killers who refuse to reveal where they hid victims’ bodies ‘could still walk free despite new laws’

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KILLERS who refuse to say where they hid victims’ bodies may still walk free from jail despite new laws.

Helen’s Law comes into force next year, but Parole Board boss Martin Jones said it would be taken into account but they would still be freed if “no longer a threat”.

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Helen McCourt vanished on her way home from work in 1988[/caption]

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Helen’s murderer Ian Simms was released from prison earlier this year[/caption]

He said: “This is a really difficult area. It’s described as ‘no body, no parole’ – that’s not what this legislation does, at all.”

Failure to co-operate and reveal such information is “frowned upon” by the Board and could see a prisoner having requests for parole denied in the first instance.

He said: “Generally in my experience it is likely to extend your custody.

“What it cannot do is act as a complete block on your release.

“It will not assist your case and is likely to detract from your case if you don’t do the right thing but it can’t be a bar from release.

“Ultimately if someone is no longer a risk, we must release them.”


Parole Board boss Martin Jones said killers could still be freed[/caption]

The law is named after Helen McCourt, who vanished in 1988.

Killer Ian Simms was released despite never revealing her grave.

Mr Jones has been the boss of the Parole Board since 2015.

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