Man who murdered Ayrshire teen is refused parole

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A man who murdered a 17 year old girl as she walked to the shops with her friends will be kept in prison following his latest parole hearing.

Michelle Stewart died after a frenzied knife attack by John Wilson in the little Ayrshire village of Drongan in 2008.

Wilson’s latest hearing had been rescheduled for 13 December after a decision was unable to be reached at the last meeting on 27 November.

He had pled guilty to the murder in 2009 and was sentenced to a minimum of 12 years.

In an earlier article on the Clyde Insider, Michelle’s family had conveyed their worries about Wilson being released into the same area.

On hearing the news, the relieved family released a happier statement through the campaign group they set up in Michelle’s name called Michelle’s Law.

Michelle went to Auchinleck Academy before she died. Credit – Michelle’s Law facebook page

The statement said: “Absolutely buzzing with happiness. John Wilson (Sanken) has been refused parole with the next hearing set for nine months’ time.”

The group was set up to give victims and their families more rights in similar cases.

Michelle’s sister Lisa also said: “We are delighted with the board’s decision, which confirms our views, he (John Wilson) is still not considered safe for release.”

Lisa continued to re-iterate the family’s determination to fight against the killer being released in the future.

“He is back behind bars where he belongs and we will continue the fight to keep him there”.

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