In the past month, a number of newspapers, including the Dartford Messenger, have been writing articles about how a man, convicted of three manslaughters in the 1970s and possibly Britain’s longest serving prisoner, may now be eligible for parole.
Patrick McKay, who was originally from Dartford, was jailed in 1975 after being convicted of killing three people. At the time he was jailed, it was reported he confessed to more killings, although he has never been charged for any other crimes.
It has also been reported that McKay is now in an open prison, with a new name and able to apply for parole. Following a parliamentary question to the Justice Secretary, I have now been informed that Mackay has had his detention reviewed on ten occasions and each time the Parole Board has decided the risk is too high for him to be safely managed in the community.
This week, I am set to meet with the Justice Secretary, David Gauke, to discuss this case as I have grave concerns about the potential release of this incredibly dangerous man.
I would like to see a thorough investigation into the other killings which McKay is believed to have carried out. As someone who was born in Dartford, my fear is that McKay could well return to the town if he were to be released.
Although McKay rescinded his confessions to these other crimes, I feel they should now be fully investigated and I will be urging the Justice Secretary to do that.
Clearly if he was responsible for these other killings, McKay would have been given a longer sentence and may never have been deemed eligible for parole.