|Eleven years ago, when he was ordered to be detained at Her Majesty’s Pleasure for punching and stabbing to death Philip Lawrence, Learco Chindamo was described as a disturbed and troubled teenager caught up in a cycle of gang violence.|
Today prisoner sources say he is a “model prisoner” who has been assessed as unlikely to reoffend.
Chindamo, now 26, is currently in Ashwell near Oakham, in Rutland, but is likely to move to open jail conditions later this year in preparation for a hearing before the Parole Board, which will decide if he can be released.
He is eligible for release on parole next January when he has served the minimum term of 12 years laid down by the courts. Even if the Parole Board decides that he is no longer a risk to the public and can be released, Chindamo will be on licence for the rest of his life. In a statement for his appeal against deportation, Chindamo was said to have done all that could be expected of him to address his offending behaviour.
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