The father of a man stabbed to death outside a village pub in Yorkshire has made an emotional plea for him not to be released early from jail into the community where his family lives.
Mark Webster, 23, was knifed by West Indian immigrant Leroy Griffith while going to the aid of a woman he was threatening outside a pub in Addingham, near Ilkley, in the early hours of April 1, 2002.
Griffith was jailed for life in December 2002 and told he must serve a minimum of 14 years.
Instead he is being considered for a move to a Category D “open” prison as a precursor to what is known as ‘periodic release’ on licence.
The YEP understands this would see him restricted to an exclusion zone within three miles of where the Websters live and work.
But the victim’s family are horrified by the prospect of bumping into him.
And Mr Webster’s father Tim read a victim impact statement at his parole board hearing yesterday.
In it he argued for Griffith to be either kept in jail, barred entirely from West Yorkshire, or simply deported on his release.
Mr Webster told the hearing: “I had never seen my father cry before that day.
“I have now, and still over 11 years after at the age of 83 he still cannot talk about his grandson Mark without tears.”
The devastated father added: “Griffith has started his rehabilitation courses but we never can.”
Mr Webster is being supported in the case by Kris Hopkins, the Conservative MP for Keighley and Ilkley.
He said: “I hope they listen to his concerns and don’t let this individual back into the community.”