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The price of fame

12 February 2004

Maxine Carr has had her application for early release under the tagging and curfew scheme quashed. The sour-faced, serially-unfaithful non-child murderess wanted to go and live quietly with her mum, Shirley Cap, in Grimsby. But this dream, charming as it sounds, was not to be...

The man who took the decision to keep Carr banged up is Martin Neary - Head of the National Offender Management Service. In a letter to Carr, he said:

Although not charged with murder your offence was considered so closely related to the events surrounding the murder of the two girls and the police investigation that followed, that you were tried jointly with Ian Huntley. Your conviction for conspiring with Ian Huntley to pervert the course of justice connects you indelibly with this case and with the public outcry that has accompanied it.

The 'connection' between her crime, and the crime committed by Ian Huntley's is considered by Mr Neary to be 'indelible' - in other words, she is serving time in prison *because* of someone else's crime. Not because of her own. Which is clearly absurd.

The most important words in the letter are these: Although not charged with murder... - Neary tries to gloss over the legal realities of the case with this embarrassed little clause. There is no "although" about it. You either are or are not guilty of a crime. And if you are not, then you can't expect to do time for it.


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