Killer fails in freedom bid

Freedom bid rejected at High Court.Picture: Comp
Freedom bid rejected at High Court.Picture: Comp
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A KILLER who claimed he was being held in prison unfairly has lost his legal challenge to a parole board decision to keep him locked up.

Billy Brown, 24, from Edinburgh, claimed he was being denied his freedom partly because - through no fault of his own - he could not take part in courses designed to lessen the risk of him re-offending.

A number of similar claims are believed to be in the pipe-line for consideration by the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

Brown also claimed that the parole board had been fed false information about the number of times he had been in trouble while in prison.

But today judge Lady Wise rejected Brown’s attempt to get her to order the parole board to change their mind.

In his application for a judicial review, Brown had also claimed that keeping him in jail was a breach of his human rights and had demanded pounds 5000 compensation.

Brown was just 17 when he was caged for stabbing another teenager through the heart against a background of gang rivalry in the city after youths from the Sighthill area of the city and youths from the Broomhouse area had staged a meeting on a summer evening in July 2005 to try to settle their differences.