Catford headmaster killer to be released

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The killer of headmaster Philip Lawrence is set to be released from prison, the Parole Board has said.

The decision to release Learco Chindamo, originally revealed by the Daily Mail, comes just days after teacher Ann Maguire was killed in front of her pupils at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds.

Chindamo was jailed indefinitely for knifing father-of-four Mr Lawrence to death outside St George's Roman Catholic School in north west London in 1995. The teacher went to help a 13-year-old pupil who was being assaulted.

He was paroled in July 2010 and, while living in Catford, was rearrested and recalled to prison in November 2010 amid accusations that he intimidated and robbed a man at a cash machine.

Chindamo allegedly accosted him outside a Sainsbury's store with the words ''Do you remember about the headteacher in Maida Vale?'' as he ordered him to hand over his money.

Despite being acquitted by a jury, he faced at least another year in jail after breaching the terms of his licence by meeting a gang member, breaking a curfew and failing a breath test, it is understood.

Following the collapse of three previous trials, he was acquitted of robbery at London's Blackfriars Crown Court.

A spokesman for the Parole Board said: "We can confirm that a three-member panel of the board has directed the release of Learco Chindamo.

"The decision to release is a matter for the board, which is independent. Practical arrangements for the release are a matter for the Secretary of State. We are unable to comment further on the details of this case."

A Ministry of Justice spokeswoman said: "The re-release of life sentenced offenders is directed by the independent Parole Board once the board are satisfied they can be safely managed in the community.

"Their life licence lasts for the rest of their lives, and they may be recalled to prison at any time for breaching their licence conditions.

"Additionally, they will be subject to strict controls and restrictions for as long as their risk requires them."

Mr Lawrence, 48, had gone to the aid of one of his pupils who was being attacked with an iron bar at the gates of the school.

He was seeing his pupils off, as he did every day, when he spotted one of his students being hit over the head.

He intervened and stood between his pupil and the attackers during the stand-off on December 8 1995.

But he was punched and stabbed through the heart by his 15-year-old killer, Learco Chindamo, a feared gang member.

The respected teacher staggered bleeding to the school reception, where paramedics desperately tried to save him, but he died from his wounds.

Chindamo was later convicted of murder at the Old Bailey and served 15 years behind bars.

The killing of Mr Lawrence shocked the country and raised the profile of the problem of a knife culture that had taken root in many inner city schools.

The death became a symbol of the violence teachers and pupils were facing in the supposed safety of the classroom.

Two years after his death, Mr Lawrence was awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal for outstanding personal heroism.

His widow Frances Lawrence vowed to continue her husband's work of promoting the achievements of young people by establishing the Philip Lawrence Awards.

Launched in 1997, the awards honour outstanding achievements of young people in the community.

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10:22am Fri 2 May 14

cupidstunt1976 says...

deport him back to where he came from pretty please
deport him back to where he came from pretty please cupidstunt1976
  • Score: -25

11:00am Fri 2 May 14

concerned.erith says...

Where the hell is the justtice? It only ever seems to be on the killers side and not for the victim. This scumbag should have been deported back to Italy years ago.
Where the hell is the justtice? It only ever seems to be on the killers side and not for the victim. This scumbag should have been deported back to Italy years ago. concerned.erith
  • Score: 8

11:34am Fri 2 May 14

ksc says...

Sorry Mrs Lawrence, but you just happen to live in a country where people will bend over backwards to ensure that killers like the filth that so happily took away your husbands life, get the absolute minimum jail time possible, the very best post release care, and any and every type of help available throughout the entire ordeal, while your husband gets a burial and the odd mention in a newspaper column.
If it is any consolation Mrs Lawrence, if it were down to me that lowlife piece of feces would have spent the last 19 years being tortured on an hourly basis, and then when we hit that 20 year milestone, stop all torturing and put the scum down.
Sorry Mrs Lawrence, but you just happen to live in a country where people will bend over backwards to ensure that killers like the filth that so happily took away your husbands life, get the absolute minimum jail time possible, the very best post release care, and any and every type of help available throughout the entire ordeal, while your husband gets a burial and the odd mention in a newspaper column. If it is any consolation Mrs Lawrence, if it were down to me that lowlife piece of feces would have spent the last 19 years being tortured on an hourly basis, and then when we hit that 20 year milestone, stop all torturing and put the scum down. ksc
  • Score: 11

1:13pm Fri 2 May 14

white rabbit9 says...

The women will be flocking him.
The women will be flocking him. white rabbit9
  • Score: -75

2:50pm Fri 2 May 14

sarfflondonbird says...

ksc wrote:
Sorry Mrs Lawrence, but you just happen to live in a country where people will bend over backwards to ensure that killers like the filth that so happily took away your husbands life, get the absolute minimum jail time possible, the very best post release care, and any and every type of help available throughout the entire ordeal, while your husband gets a burial and the odd mention in a newspaper column.
If it is any consolation Mrs Lawrence, if it were down to me that lowlife piece of feces would have spent the last 19 years being tortured on an hourly basis, and then when we hit that 20 year milestone, stop all torturing and put the scum down.
What an apt punishment for this piece of dirt. I couldn't agree more with your sentiments.
As for the "keeping and eye on him forever and a day" clause, forget that one, now that stop and search regarding these type of criminals is to be laxed. This just plays into the hands of people like this chindamo scum all the more,where they will believe all the more that they can get away with murder by just saying "you pick on me because of my colour", that's all it will take, the cops wont have a leg to stand on soon.
This piece should be put miles away into another country preferably the one of his origin.
[quote][p][bold]ksc[/bold] wrote: Sorry Mrs Lawrence, but you just happen to live in a country where people will bend over backwards to ensure that killers like the filth that so happily took away your husbands life, get the absolute minimum jail time possible, the very best post release care, and any and every type of help available throughout the entire ordeal, while your husband gets a burial and the odd mention in a newspaper column. If it is any consolation Mrs Lawrence, if it were down to me that lowlife piece of feces would have spent the last 19 years being tortured on an hourly basis, and then when we hit that 20 year milestone, stop all torturing and put the scum down.[/p][/quote]What an apt punishment for this piece of dirt. I couldn't agree more with your sentiments. As for the "keeping and eye on him forever and a day" clause, forget that one, now that stop and search regarding these type of criminals is to be laxed. This just plays into the hands of people like this chindamo scum all the more,where they will believe all the more that they can get away with murder by just saying "you pick on me because of my colour", that's all it will take, the cops wont have a leg to stand on soon. This piece should be put miles away into another country preferably the one of his origin. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: -50

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