Detective who caught child killer Colin Pitchfork says paedo should never be freed

The detective who caught double child killer Colin Pitchfork has blasted the decision to recommend him for release, saying the paedophile should never be freed.

Former Det Chief Supt David Baker suspects Pitchfork- the first to be convicted on DNA evidence – has fooled the Parole Board into believing he is no longer a danger.

Pitchfork, 61, who raped and murdered 15-year olds Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth, is set to be freed in the coming months.

Mr Baker said: “I firmly believe he should remain in jail and never be released.

“There’s every possibility that he has pulled the wool over the eyes of the Parole Board.”

The dad-of-two was 22 in 1983 when he raped Lynda, in Narborough, Leics, and strangled her with her scarf as his baby son slept in his car nearby. Her body was found the next morning on a footpath.

Less than three years later, baker Pitchfork struck again, in nearby Enderby, with a “brutal sexual attack” on Dawn in which she was repeatedly hit in the face.

Mr Baker said: “Pitchfork is a very dangerous man. He murdered one girl and then went on to live normally with his family before murdering again three years later.

“He was certainly a psychopath because he went from murder to being a family man. He lived a double life and it could be that he still is.”

Pitchfork became the first criminal to be trapped by DNA profiling after Baker spotted an article in the local paper about Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys, whose experiments on a new identity test happened to be taking place a few miles away at Leicester University.

Sir Alec had discovered a way to identify an individual’s genetic code from a blood or semen sample.

The Home Office had been conducting tests at Aldermaston, but hadn’t used the technique in any live case. Baker asked Sir Alec to test samples from Lynda and Dawn’s bodies to see if another suspect was responsible.

Richard Buckland – a 17-year-old with learning difficulties – would later be exonerated.

Mr Baker said: “The test showed he wasn’t the killer and that the same man was responsible for both murders. We had to start again.”

In an unprecedented move, Baker’s team sent letters to 5,000 men between the ages of 18 and 34, who lived in the local area, asking them to provide their DNA.

No matches were found but in 1987 a bakery colleague of Pitchfork was overheard boasting how had posed as him and given a sample.

Pitchfork had tried to fool police by doctoring his passport and paying the man £200.

This was reported to Baker’s team and Pitchfork was arrested the next morning.

Mr Baker said: “The way he went about trying to cheat the blood test by using another individual and altering his passport shows how devious he is.

Can the Parole Board see through that deviousness?”

The investigation was turned into a ITV drama, ‘Code of a Killer’ which aired in 2015 and starred Life on Mars actor John Simm as Sir Alec.

Shameless star David Threlfall starred as Mr Baker.

Mr Baker said: “The university didn’t appreciate what impact their work would have on policing.

“It was just fortunate for us that there was that article about it in the local paper.”