Mother of Baby P to be released from prison

A Parole Board has recommend Connelly is released following a second review of her case

Tracey Connelly – the mother who allowed Baby P to be tortured to death – is to be released from prison.

Hate figure Connelly, 32, was jailed indefinitely with a minimum of five years in May 2009 for causing or allowing her son Peter’s death.

A Parole Board has ruled that she is no longer a danger to the public and recommended her release from prison following a second review of her case.

A statement from the Parole Board said: “We can confirm that a three-member panel of the board has directed the release of Tracey Connelly.

“Tracey Connelly first became eligible for parole in August 2012, and at that time a Parole Board panel made no recommendation to release.

“This is the second parole review for Tracey Connelly. The decision to release is a matter for the board, which is independent – arrangements and the date of the release are a matter for the Secretary of State.”

Yesterday we revealed how Connelly will be given advice on how to change her appearance to hide her true identity once she is out.

Baby P died on August 3, 2007 with more than 50 injuries, despite being on the at-risk register and receiving 60 visits from social workers, police and health professionals over eight months.

Connelly admitted causing or allowing the death of the 17-month-old at a flat in Haringey, North London.

Social workers failed to spot the toddler was being abused.

Connelly was jailed with her boyfriend Steven Barker and his brother Jason Owen, who were convicted at trial of the same offence.

Barker and Owen were jailed indefinitely in 2009 after being convicted of the same charge.

Barker was jailed for life with a minimum of 10 years for raping a two-year-old girl and given a 12-year term to run concurrently for his “major role” in Peter’s death.

Owen was jailed indefinitely with a minimum three-year term but later won an appeal to lower it to a fixed six-year term.

He was freed in August 2011 but was then recalled to prison again in April this year.

But many were infuriated by Connelly’s five-year minimum sentence and 132,000 joined online hate groups calling for her to “burn in hell”.

Connelly has served four years in jail and two years on remand and will be given a fresh start away from London on release.

But her mum Mary O’Connor has previously said she thinks her daughter should rot in jail.

She said: “She should never come out. But even if she does, I won’t be seeing her again – she’s out of my life.

“She wants me to move to Kent with her, but I said no.”

Connelly will remain on licence for the rest of her life and if she breaches any of the conditions, she will likely be recalled to custody.

A Ministry of Justice spokeswoman said: “The release of life and other indeterminate sentence prisoners is directed by the independent Parole Board once they are satisfied they can be safely managed in the community.

“The IPP licence lasts for a minimum of 10 years, and an offender on an IPP licence may be recalled to prison at any time for breaching their licence conditions. Additionally, they will be subject to strict controls and restrictions for as long as their risk requires them.”

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