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Death threats as Baby P mum is granted release from prison

Jonathan Owen London - 09 October 2013www.independent.ie THE mother who allowed her toddler son, who became known as Baby P, to be tortured to death is at "very high" risk of being targeted and attacked by vigilantes when she is released from prison, criminal justice experts have warned. Death threats started to circulate on social networking sites yesterday after it emerged that Tracey Connelly is to be released from jail in England after the UK Parole Board decided she was no longer a danger. Despite public anger at her crime - allowing boyfriend Steven Barker and his brother Jason Owen to torture her 17-month-old son Peter to death - she has not been given official anonymity. Fear of revenge attacks has seen a handful of notorious criminals including Jon Venables and Maxine Carr http://searchtopics.independent.ie/topic/Maxine_Carr granted lifetime anonymity orders banning the public and press from revealing their new identities. But Connelly will not have the same protection, despite more than 132,000 people joining online 'hate groups' calling for her, Barker and Owen to "burn in hell". On her release, she will be given advice on how to keep a low profile and hide her identity - but will have to make her own arrangements to change her name and appearance. "The risk to her from the people who signed the 'rot in hell' petition, for example, will be very, very high," criminal justice expert Harry Fletcher said last night. "No matter how heinous the crime, probation and the police have a duty to keep people safe." Connelly was jailed indefinitely with a minimum of five years in May 2009 for causing or allowing her son's death. But after a second review of her case, the parole board said: "We can confirm that a three-member panel of the board has directed the release of Tracey Connelly." The date of her release will be confirmed by the Ministry of Justice. Peter Connelly, who became known as Baby P, was found dead in his blood-spattered cot at his mother's north-London flat in August 2007. Despite being on the at-risk register and having received 60 visits from social workers, police and health professionals, the child had more than 50 injuries on his body when he was found, including a broken back. Connelly admitted the offence soon after being charged. She was jailed with her boyfriend Steven Barker and his brother Jason Owen, who were convicted of the same offence. Barker was jailed for life for raping a two-year-old girl and given a 12-year term to run concurrently for his role in Peter's death. Owen was given a six-year jail term. He was freed in 2011 but was recalled to prison in April. (C Independent News Service) Original article: http://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/death-threats-as-baby-p-mum-is-g ranted-release-from-prison-29645521.html

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