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‘Angel of death’ nurse Beverley Allitt taking first steps towards release

Notorious child murderer Beverley Allitt – nicknamed the ‘angel of death’ – will go before a panel of experts as she takes her first steps towards freedom. The nurse, who killed four children in her care at Grantham and Kesteven Hospital in 1991, will go before a mental health tribunal on Tuesday, October 3.

It is the first time the serial killer, 54, will be assessed for a potential transfer to a mainstream prison since her 30-year jail term elapsed, the Mirror reports. Her victims’ families believe it is a ‘significant moment’ because a transfer to a general prison from Rampton Secure Hospital in Nottinghamshire could trigger her parole.

Allitt would have to serve just six months in a regular jail before she could apply for parole. Alan Asher, 66, whose daughter Kayley was 15 months old when Allitt injected an air bubble under her arm, said: “She should never be released.”

Kayley survived the attack but has lifelong problems with fine motor skills, mobility and hearing. She is still haunted by the evil killer nurse and fears she could walk back into her family’s life.

Alan, who lives with wife Sharon, 63, in Grantham, said: “Allitt should never have been in a hospital, she should have been sent to prison. Can you imagine if she were freed? It would destroy Kayley.

“She’d be terrified, looking in cupboards and around the house because she didn’t feel safe.” Allitt was handed a minimum of 30 years in 1993 for murdering four children – seven-month-old Liam Taylor, 11-year-old Timothy Hardwick, two-month-old Becky Phillips and 15-month-old Claire Peck – trying to murder three more and attacking six others at Grantham and Kesteven Hospital.

She was diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder and sent to Rampton, near Retford. A judge called her ‘a serious danger’ and said she was unlikely ever to be safe for release.

A spokesman for the Courts and Tribunal Judiciary said they are ‘never able to comment on specific cases’. A spokeswoman for Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust said they could not comment due to patient confidentiality.

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