Family of M25 road rage victim devastated as killer Kenneth Noye WILL be released from prison after 19 years

THE family of a young man murdered in a notorious road rage attack have been left devastated as it was announced today his killer will be released from prison.

Notorious gangland figure Kenneth Noye was jailed for life in 2000 after killing 21-year-old Stephen Cameron on the M25.

Noye, now 71, had stabbed Cameron to death on the slip road of the M25 in Kent in May 1996, going on the run and found in Spain two years later.

He was found guilty of murder and jailed for life at the Old Bailey in 2000, with a minimum of 16 years.

A Parole Board panel sat last week and made the recommendation he should be released after more than 19 years behind bars.

They confirmed he would be released from prison after it was found he was "suitable for return to the community".

Cameron's dad Ken, 72, spoke of being "totally devastated" after receiving the news today.

He said: “I can’t believe they have made this decision.

“Life should mean life.

“I hoped this day would never come. I sort of knew it was coming, though – I was almost resigned to it. But it is still a complete kick in the teeth.

“It is a decision which is out of our hands. What can we do?

Stephen was denied a life by Noye on May 19, 1996 when he left him lying in the gutter and we are the ones who have had to live a life sentence

“He is going back on the streets when he should spend the rest of his days behind bars.

“Stephen was denied a life by Noye on May 19, 1996 when he left him lying in the gutter.

“And we are the ones who have had to live a life sentence.

“There isn’t a day we don’t think of Stephen.”

The Parole Board today handed down its ruling, saying: "We can confirm that a panel of the Parole Board has directed the release of Kenneth Noye following an oral hearing.

"Parole Board decisions are solely focused on whether someone would represent a significant risk to the public after release. The panel will have carefully looked at a whole range of evidence, including details of the original evidence and any evidence of behaviour change.

"We do that with great care and public safety is our number one priority.”

'ALL WE HAVE EVER WANTED IS JUSTICE'

Ken’s wife Toni passed away after a short illness in April 2016.

The grieving dad added: “I’m only glad in a way Toni was not here to see Noye released because she would be devastated.

"Toni always said she only ever wanted him to come out of prison in a wooden box.

“We never wanted revenge for Stephen. All we have ever wanted is justice and justice would be life in jail. “He can now go and live the rest of his life as a free man while our family still grieve for Stephen every day.”

Ken added: “I’m sure he’ll head off to a nice little bolt hole in Spain somewhere and live the good life.

“I’m absolutely gutted if I’m honest with you.”

Noye will turn 72 on Friday.

Ken said: “I bet he’ll be celebrating somehow. It’s quite hard to take.”

ROAD RAGE KILLER

Stephen was stabbed to death in a road rage attack on May 19, 1996.

Stephen Cameron was with fiancée Danielle Cable, 17, on their way to buy bagels when he was involved in a road rage incident with Noye on the slip road of the M25 at Swanley, Kent. But Noye returned to his car, got out a knife and stabbed the youngster through the chest.

He died in the arms of distraught Danielle.

After the murder Noye fled to the continent and had his car destroyed and replaced.

Police eventually tracked him down to a bolt hole on the Spanish mainland and detectives from Kent Police took Danielle to the resort where he was hiding and identified him in a restaurant in August 1998. Noye was arrested and extradited back to the UK and went on trial at the Old Bailey.

He was found guilty in April 2000 by the jury and jailed for life at the Old Bailey. He was ordered to serve a minimum of 16 years in jail before he was due for release.

A recommendation to move him to an open prison was blocked by former Justice Secretary Michael Gove in 2015. But in 2017 Noye's lawyers went to the High Court and judges overturned the Government decision.

He was moved to Standford Hill open prison on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent. Noye was pictured on day release in April 2018 wearing an Adidas tracksuit.

Noye's wife Brenda and two sons Kevin and Brett still live in the county.


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