The family of a murder victim has condemned a decision to fund his killer’s court battle to have sex with his wife in prison.
Kevin Gibson, who was sentenced to a minimum of 15 years for killing his friend, Timothy Wallace, and dumping his body in a suitcase in the Water of Leith in 2003, has been granted legal aid to sue the Scottish Prison Service for refusing to allow conjugal visits to Addiewell prison in West Lothian. The 33-year-old claims his human rights are being breached.
He rekindled his relationship with former girlfriend Louise Kennedy while behind bars, and the pair were married last year at a service inside the jail. They applied for legal aid to fight for their “human right” to a family life this summer.
But Mr Wallace’s stepfather, Martin Edmunds, said: “I find it laughably ironic that Timmy’s killer will receive thousands of pounds in public money to pursue this disgraceful action which, if successful, will open the floodgates for other criminals to have access to conjugal visits which are currently not allowed in Scottish jails.
“I would be doing a huge injustice to Tommy’s memory and my own sense of justice if I did not do my best to oppose this move.”