Huntley 'shows no remorse' - report

Soham double murderer Ian Huntley should remain in prison for the rest of his life, according to a leaked report by prison assessors.

Soham double murderer Ian Huntley should remain in prison for the rest of his life, according to a leaked report by prison assessors.

The Sentence Planning and Review Board believes the school caretaker who killed youngsters Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman shows no remorse and merely “sarcastic nonchalance” towards his convictions.

He was seen by an expert panel just before Christmas and the Daily Mirror quotes the board as saying: “His threats of suicide and refusal to show any remorse for the victims and their families … clearly show he should remain incarcerated for life.”

The board – which sends its conclusions to Home Secretary Charles Clarke - says he has been warned about unacceptable behaviour during his time at top security Wakefield jail in west Yorkshire, the Mirror reported.

The panel added: “Huntley’s attitude towards his convictions is one of sarcastic nonchalance.

“He has been warned by staff on several occasions that his behaviour is unacceptable.”

Holly and Jessica, both 10, vanished while walking near their homes in Soham, Cambs, on August 4, 2002. Their bodies were found by a gamekeeper in an overgrown ditch at nearby Lakenheath, Suffolk, on August 17.

The girls’ disappearance triggered one of the biggest missing persons inquiries seen in the UK.

Huntley, 31, was convicted of murdering the girls at his home in Soham and given two life sentences following a trial at the Old Bailey in December 2003.

His girlfriend Maxine Carr was convicted of perverting the course of justice.

After his conviction, it emerged that Huntley got the job and the caretaker’s house at Soham Village College despite being accused of several sex offences in Grimsby during the 1990s.

Harry Fletcher, assistant general secretary of Napo, the Probation Union, said the board's role was to assess a prisoner's progress and potential during sentence: ``It is very early on in his sentence, but basically what happens is anybody on a life sentence gets reviewed after about two years inside and they try to work out a sentence plan.

“But somebody convicted of a heinous offence, not showing remorse and in denial at the beginning means the process can’t really start.

“In this case they have to take into account attitude, remorse, progress, and without them, as in this case, where none of those are satisfied, they have no option.”

A Prison Service spokeswoman said: ``Every life sentenced prisoner will receive a yearly Sentence Planning and Review Board review in which such matters as identifying specific needs of prisoners, attendance on offending behaviour programmes, and target setting for the future are discussed.

“These reports have nothing to do with tariff setting which is decided by the trial judge.

“The Prison Service do not send SPRB reports to the trial judge.”

As yet, Huntley has not yet received his minimum sentence, or “tariff”.

He was not covered by tough new sentencing rules which created a compulsory “life means life” tariff for multiple murderers, effectively ensuring they die in jail.

The Criminal Justice Act brought this into effect on December 18, 2003, but because Huntley committed his crimes before that date, he will be sentenced under so-called “transitional arrangements”.

This means a senior judge will consider his case and set the tariff.

Kevin Wells, father of Holly, has previously described the ``dark, dark days'' after his daughter disappeared and said he would be waiting for her killer when he was released from jail.

“He took our daughter from us and lied and lied and lied ... He left us with her skeleton, a piece of buttock, a tiny piece of scalp, and the contents of her stomach.

“Nothing else remained, no face to stroke, no hand to hold.”

His wife Nicola said she would like to “hang him very slowly”.

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