Patrick MacKay

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 1st May 2019.

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Photo of Gareth Johnson Gareth Johnson Conservative, Dartford

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether Patrick Mackay has ever been deemed eligible for release from prison since he was sentenced for manslaughter in 1975.

Photo of Gareth Johnson Gareth Johnson Conservative, Dartford

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on how many occasions the Parole Board has considered Patrick Mackay for release from prison; and what the outcome has been of those hearings.

Photo of Gareth Johnson Gareth Johnson Conservative, Dartford

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether Patrick Mackay has had his case considered by the Parole Board on or after 22 May 2018.

Photo of Rory Stewart Rory Stewart The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, The Secretary of State for International Development

Patrick Mackay was convicted of three counts of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility and sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 20 years in 1975. He became eligible for release at the end of that minimum term in March 1995. As a Life Sentenced Prisoner, Mr Mackay will only be released on direction from the Independent Parole Board when it is satisfied that the risk he poses can be managed safely in the community.

The Parole Board has reviewed Mr Mackay’s detention on 10 occasions since 1995. On each occasion the Parole Board has decided that his risk is too high to be safely managed in the community.

Mr Mackay’s case was most recently referred to the Parole Board in August 2018. His parole review is ongoing.

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