CONFIRMED: M25 killer Kenneth Noye set to be moved to an open prison
PUBLISHED: 12:37 03 July 2017 | UPDATED: 14:31 03 July 2017
He was convicted of murder in 2000 after stabbing 21-year-old electrician Stephen Cameron from Dartford
Road-rage killer Kenneth Noye could be moved to an open prison, following a recommendation by the Parole Board.
Bexleyheath-born Noye, now 70, was convicted of murder in April 2000 and sentenced to life with a minimum term of 16 years, after stabbing 21-year-old electrician Stephen Cameron from Dartford to death in an attack on the M25 in Kent in 1996.
He was recommended for release a year ago but then-justice secretary Michael Gove blocked the move, much to the relief of the victim’s family.
However, Noye then won a High Court appeal in February against a decision blocking him access to an open prison, and Mr Cameron’s father, Ken, feared the killer could be released in a matter of months.
Speaking to The Sun at the end of last year, he said: “I feel betrayed, totally let down. Stephen never got a chance at life. Noye should remain behind bars for the rest of his.
“All we wanted do was get on with our lives but this is a constant worry for me and my family.
“We have never wanted revenge, we only wanted justice and life should mean life.”
A Parole Board spokesman said: “We can confirm that a three-member panel of the Parole Board has not directed the release of Kenneth Noye.
“However, they have recommended that he be transferred to open conditions.
“This is a recommendation only and the Ministry of Justice will now consider the advice and make the final decision.
“Under current legislation, Mr Noye will be eligible for a further review within two years.
“The date of the next review will be set by the Ministry of Justice.”
A Ministry of Justice spokesperson added: “The independent Parole Board has made its recommendation.
“We will carefully consider this and make a decision in due course.”