A KILLER whose gang murdered a teenage girl while singing “burn, baby burn” could walk free after being granted a parole hearing.
Glyn Powell, 58, was convicted with three others for burning 16-year-old Suzanne Capper alive in Greater Manchester in 1992.
8Murderer Glyn Powell could soon be a free manCredit: PA8Suzanne Capper was brutally murdered in 1992Credit: CollectA spokesman from the Parole Board said a hearing is expected to take place around April 2023, reports the Mail.
After a thorough analysis of the crime, the culprit’s subsequent behaviour, and the effect of the murder on the victim’s family, a decision will be made.
Suzanne was lured to Jean Powell’s house in Moston on December 7, 1992.
There, Jean’s estranged husband and Anthony Dudson forced her down, shaved her head and eyebrows and forced her to clean up and throw away the mess.
The next day, Suzanne was taken to the nearby house of Bernadette McNeilly, another individual she considered a friend.
It was later revealed during the trial that she had been savagely beaten, tortured and tied to a bed over the course of a week.
Before torturing Suzanne, McNeilly would utter the chilling phrase “Chucky’s coming to play”, referencing the 1988 film Child’s Play about a serial killer who transfers his soul into an evil doll.
In the early hours of December 14, 1992, Suzanne was driven 15 miles to an isolated lane on the outskirts of Stockport in Greater Manchester.
She was pushed down, doused with petrol and set alight by killers including Glyn Poweell as McNeilly chanted “Burn baby burn! Burn baby burn!” from The Trammps song Disco Inferno.
She suffered 80 per cent burns and died from her injuries in hospital on December 18, 1992 – but managed to name her killers before losing consciousness.
Glyn Powell, who was 29 at the time of the murder, Jean Powell (now Gillespie), then 26, Bernadette McNeilly, 24, and Anthony Dudson, 17, were all found guilty of murder.
Gillespie, McNeilly, and Powell were sentenced to life with a minimum of 25 years.
Dudson was given a minimum term of 18 years – later reduced to 16.
Clifford Pook, Jean’s brother, and Jeffrey Leigh pleaded guilty to false imprisonment and were given 15 and 12-year sentences respectively.
McNeilly’s sentence was reduced by one year in 2013. Leigh’s sentence was reduced from 12 to nine years in November 1994.
McNeilly was paroled in 2015 after having her 25-year sentence cut by one year. Dudson was released in 2013. In 2017 Jean Gillespie, formerly Powell, was released.
A spokesman for the Parole Board said: “We can confirm the parole review of Glyn Powell has been referred to the Parole Board by the Secretary of State for Justice and is following standard processes.
“Parole Board decisions are solely focused on what risk a prisoner could represent to the public if released and whether that risk is manageable in the community.
“A panel will carefully examine a huge range of evidence, including details of the original crime, and any evidence of behaviour change, as well as explore the harm done and impact the crime has had on the victims.
“Evidence from witnesses such as probation officers, psychiatrists and psychologists, officials supervising the offender in prison as well as victim personal statements may be given at the hearing.
“It is standard for the prisoner and witnesses to be questioned at length during the hearing which often lasts a full day or more. Parole reviews are undertaken thoroughly and with extreme care. Protecting the public is our number one priority.”
8The upturned bed where Suzanne Capper was held captive and torturedCredit: PA8Bernadette McNeilly was paroled in 2015 after having her 25-year sentence cut by one yearCredit: PA8Jeanne Powell had babysat Suzanne since Capper was 10 years oldCredit: PA8Jeffrey Leigh was sentenced to 12 years behind bars for his role, but was released after serving fiveCredit: PA8John Capper, step-father of Suzanne, leaving Manchester Crown Court after the sentences were passedCredit: PA8One killer would recite samples from 1980s slasher film Child’s Play as Suzanne was being torturedCredit: BSkyB
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