August 8, 2022

The Parole Board rejected a government challenge

The Parole Board has rejected a government challenge against its ruling and is set to release Tracey Connelly, the mother of Baby P, from prison.

Justice Secretary Dominic Raab had asked the Parole Board to reconsider their decision to release Connelly who was jailed in 2008 over the death of her 17-month-old son, Peter, who suffered more than 50 injuries, including fractured ribs and a broken back.

Baby P was visited by social workers, police and health professionals 60 times in the eight months before his death, in a case that sparked widespread outrage.

Responding to the decision, Raab said 40-year-old Connelly’s actions were “pure evil” and the choice made by the board demonstrates why it “needs a fundamental overhaul – including a ministerial check for the most serious offenders”.

Connelly has been released on licence once before in 2013 but was recalled to prison just two years later for breaching her parole conditions.

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