Triple killer gets new life sentence
TRIPLE killer Jason Mitchell is today serving a new life sentence for attempting to murder another man.The revelation comes on the eve of the tenth anniversary of the 34-year-old's killing spree in Bramford.
TRIPLE killer Jason Mitchell is today serving a new life sentence for attempting to murder another man.
The revelation comes on the eve of the tenth anniversary of the 34-year-old's killing spree in Bramford.
Until now no-one, not even the victims' family have been aware of the new sentence that prevents Mitchell being released for several years.
He had always claimed that he would kill again after he pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of pensioners Arthur and Shirley Wilson in 1994.
He later butchered his own father Robert Mitchell.
Today, Mr and Mrs Wilson's son, Christopher, spoke of his shock at the news of the sentence, which was broken to him by The Evening Star.
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He said: "This is the first I've heard about it and I must say I'm very surprised.
"It doesn't surprise me he has committed another offence, but I'm surprised we didn't know about it.
"Under his previous sentence, he could've been released at any time. We were aware of that but we were also aware it was very unlikely."
Mitchell killed Mr and Mrs Wilson between December 11 and 15 at their home, in The Street, Bramford. Then, between December 14 and 21, he killed his father in his Acton Road home in Bramford.
He also dismembered his body with a hacksaw, leaving head and right leg in a holdall in the loft. In another bag, his left leg and both arms were found.
After pleading guilty to three counts of manslaughter, on July 7, 1995, he was given three life sentences with a recommendation he served at least 20 years.
This was quashed, on May 9, 1996, and reduced to an indefinite period of hospital detention under the mental health act.
But in April 2000, Mitchell attempted to kill again, just as he had always threatened.
Following an argument over the television programme Match of the Day, he attempted to throttle a fellow prisoner before threatening to eat him. He was
at Nottinghamshire's Rampton mental hospital at the time.
He was charged with attempted murder and was given a life sentence at Nottingham Crown Court, on October 13, 2000.
It came with a recommendation he serve a minimum of ten years behind bars.
Despite this, Mr Wilson, 53, who lives in Ipswich, said he is still conscious of the fact Mitchell may one day be released.
He said: "In some ways if you've got an indefinite sentence for being mentally ill you could serve longer. This means he will be in prison for another ten years from 2000 - and there's no guarantee he'll get out after that.
"I'm aware that at some stage he could be released under one way or another. It's not something I particularly think about. I know it could happen at one stage in the future."
Although ten years have now passed since his parent's terrible death, Mr Wilson said the pain is still as real as ever.
"To us an anniversary isn't a marked event," he said. "Whether it's ten years, eight years, five years or three months, it's still an event that happened in 1994 and it's still in our minds.
"We don't feel any different now to what we did before."
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