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Prison bosses didn't tell me my girl's killer was free; WE'VE BEEN FAILED AGAIN AND AGAIN.


MURDERED Melanie Sturton's family were not warned of her killer's release, they revealed last night.

Mum Susan Patrick only received a letter the day after Pamela Gourlay was freed.

And devastated Susan last night accused authorities of repeatedly letting down her TURN TO PAGE 5

From Page One family, who signed up to a scheme to give them warning before Gourlay walked free.

The Record warned Susan on Tuesday that we would be running an exclusive story on Gourlay's release in Wednesday's paper.

But she only heard officially on Wednesday - the 14th anniversary of Melanie's funeral - that the woman who slit her daughter's throat was getting out.

Susan is furious at the failure of the Victim Notification Scheme and the prison service authorities to keep them informed.

And she said she was "disgusted and devastated" that Gourlay had been freed by the parole board despite an impassioned letter she wrote them about her family's ordeal.

Susan said: "We are the victims here, yet we're kept in the dark. They never told us Gourlay was getting out.

"I've been waiting to hear from them. Gourlay's life sentence is over, but mine goes on. That's not just. A 14-year sentence is not life.

"I sent a letter to the parole board and it was cutting. Sadly, I don't think it will ever hit home with Gourlay. She's never, ever apologised - and I never want her to. She can say nothing to me. Nothing.

"It's horrible, and the system is so wrong. For the last four years, she's been out and about so many times - probably at Christmas too. Melanie loved Christmas time."

Gourlay, a chef, was 19 when she slaughtered Melanie, 22, with a boning knife after breaking into her flat, high on drugs and wearing surgical gloves.

From Page One family, who [...]


ANGER Melanie's mum Susan

CALLOUS Pamela Gourlay
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Oct 31, 2013
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