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MP demands action after error leads to rapist’s parole date

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 03, 2014

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SOUTH Derbyshire’s MP has asked for ‘appropriate action’ to be taken after a mistake means a child rapist could be freed just months after he was refused parole.

Earlier this month the Mail revealed that vicious Swadlincote rapist Keith Williams will stand before a second parole hearing because of a procedural error by the Public Protection Casework Section.

Williams, a former landlord of The Bear, in Swadlincote, was refused parole at a hearing in November, 14 years after he was found guilty of five counts of rape and indecent assault against a child.

Now, in a letter from Heather Wheeler to a South Derbyshire victim – which the Mail has seen – the MP has demanded action be taken.

In the letter – seen by the Mail - Mrs Wheeler said: “This must have caused you a great deal of distress.

“I am appalled at the situation and I have written to the head of casework in the Public Protection Casework Section and asked for the file to be reviewed and appropriate action to be taken against the member of staff.”

The Mail understands Williams’ parole hearing must be repeated because a victim impact statement was not handed to his solicitor before the November hearing.

One of his victims, a 43-year-old South Derbyshire woman who cannot be named for legal reasons, told the Mail she was devastated that Williams could still be released.

She said: “They can’t do this to people.

“It is not my fault that someone did not do their job but I have to go through this again with my family.

“It has ruined my family life, my marriage and I have to go through this again.

“The potential is he could be back on the streets and the original decision overturned.”

The Ministry of Justice has previously told the Mail it would investigate the incident.

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