A wife killer who has never revealed the location of his victim’s body is to face the UK’s first public parole hearing.
The Parole Board will determine whether Russell Causley, 79, who was jailed for life for killing Carole Packman in 1985, should be released after his grandson applied for a public hearing to scrutinise the “evil and sadistic” man who had such a serious impact on his own life.
Neil Gillingham, the grandson, said he wanted the hearing to shine a light on the “failure” of legal changes to date to make it harder to release killers who refuse to reveal the whereabouts of their victims’ bodies.
As well as being the first public hearing, it will also be the first case to test new rules that require the Parole Board by law to take account of a prisoner’s refusal to reveal the whereabouts of a victim’s body when deciding whether to release them.
Mr Gillingham said: "How evil and sadistic does the murderer need to be? How exceptional does the case need to be? My grandfather has no shame. I question whether or not he has a heart, and if he does, whether it’s made out of stone or flesh.
“My whole life has been tainted by my grandfather and I want a public hearing to scrutinise the man who has impacted on me for so long."