THE parole date for a South Derbyshire landlord, imprisoned for raping a child, has been delayed again, the Mail can reveal.
Keith Williams, who was the landlord of The Bear pub, Swadlincote, received life sentences on five charges of rape and indecent assault against a child in 1999.
Last month, the Mail revealed that Williams, who was originally supposed to stand before a parole board earlier this summer, would not have his hearing until September.
But a letter from the Leicestershire and Rutland Probation Trust – shown to the Mail – says the hearing will now take place between October and December.
The letter is written to a South Derbyshire woman who Williams raped in pubs in Hartshorne and Church Gresley between December 1979 and December 1985 when she was aged between eight and 14.
It said: “I have been informed that the oral hearing for Keith Williams has been deferred for reasons relating to staff availability.
“I can only imagine how frustrating this must feel for you as it just keeps dragging on.”
In March, the Mail exclusively revealed that Williams was being held in open prison conditions and would stand before a parole board hearing after serving just 14 years.
A spokesman for the Parole Board previously said it has had to deal with an increased case load over recent years but has worked hard to reduce the delays in hearing cases which arose as a result.