Fury as murderer allowed to return to home town just weeks after being freed

Anthony Davison was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 14 years for murder

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A killer has been given permission to return to his home town just five weeks after he was freed from prison, angering his victim's father.

Anthony Davison was sentenced to life for murdering his former partner Marie Hines, 23, at her home in Jarrow, Tyne and Wear, in 1992.

After 27 years behind bars he was granted parole despite opposition from Marie's father David, who had asked for Davison to be banned from returning to the North East in the event that he be released.

David was left furious after finding out that his daughter's killer had successfully applied for a change in his parole conditions, allowing him to return to Jarrow to visit his parents should they become too ill to travel to see him, ChronicleLive reports.

Marie Hines, 23, was killed at her home in Jarrow, Tyne and Wear, in 1992

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The Parole Board defended the decision, saying the variation was made in consultation with professionals working with Davison and make the exclusion zone "reasonable and proportionate".

David, a victim rights campaigner, said the killer's needs were prioritised over the needs of a grieving family.

The 72-year-old said: "It just makes me feel sick. I want him banned from the North East.

"Why should he be allowed to go back to the place where he killed my daughter?

David Hines and his wife Kathleen Hines, who has since died, in 1993
(Image: Mirrorpix)

Davison murdered Marie after she ended their relationship

"Why does he get to go back?"

He added: "I had to make all kinds of statements about what I wanted for exclusion zones.

"The exclusion zone was agreed subject to him being released.

"Then about 20 weeks ago I was informed by probation that he had been released and these were his exclusion zones."

Davison attacked Marie and used a dressing gown cord to strangle her after she ended their relationship.

He pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 14 years.

David had not seen Davison for almost 30 years until he was shown a recent photo of him.

He said: "The only good news was how he had aged. He didn't look how I expected him to.

Marie (back, centre) with her family, including her mother and father

"But I will never forget his eyes. People's eyes don't change."

David struggles with the thought that he could cross paths with Davison in the street.

He added: "My view is these people should never be released, a life sentence should mean full life.

"These are the worst crimes humanity can do to each other.

Marie's father says her killer should never have been released

"How many people would like this person to live next door to them?

"I have got family in that area and I still socialise in South Tyneside.

"I don't want to be looking over my shoulder for the rest of my life."

What is the Parole Board saying?

A Parole Board spokesman said: “Licence conditions are an extremely important part of an offender’s release plan as they support the probation service to supervise and manage the offender in the community.

“The Parole Board cannot comment on the specifics of any amendments made to an offender’s licence conditions.

"However, in this case, extensive exclusion zones have been set, and remain in place, taking account of the views of the victim’s family.

“The Parole Board made its decision after receiving views from the professionals involved with the management of Mr Davison in the community, who supported the request for variations to make exclusion zones reasonable and proportionate.

"By law, licence conditions must be necessary and proportionate in all the circumstances of the case, which is the legal test the Board must apply.

“When setting the size or range of an exclusion zone the final decision will rest with the Parole Board.

"By law, an exclusion zone should be no larger than is needed to prevent unexpected contact with the victim and should not prevent the offender from accessing support such as access to family, healthcare or social services, or employment and education.

“This is not because offenders are favoured over victims, but because access to support such as this has been shown to reduce the risk of further offending and preventing others from becoming victims.

“In some instances, exclusion zones can include 'corridors' or 'access routes' which permit an offender to travel through an exclusion zone to reach a destination.

"In most cases, the offender is forbidden from stopping at any point along the route within the exclusion zone until the destination is reached.

“Requests to vary existing exclusion zones are considered very carefully and the Parole Board will always consider the potential impact to the victim of any proposed changes.”

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