Nicholas Burton: ‘Merciless’ killer due to be released, says Members of Parliament

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Nicholas Burton, who was jailed for the murder of a 27-year-old Rachel McGrath in the year 1997, is due to be released, next year.

Burton ‘mercilessly’ murdered Rachel in cold blood by stabbing her in a car park in Bramhall, Stockport, in 1997.

Meanwhile, Rachel’s parents had been told Burton “would walk free next year”, according to Plaid Cymru’s Liz Saville Roberts.

During the trials in court, 1997, the ministry of justice have sentenced Burton to life imprisonment.

In 1998 during the case, Justice Morland the judge in charge of the case said that a psychiatrist had described Burton as one of the most dangerous men she had ever come across in her career.

Dwyfor Meirionnydd, the lawyer of the defendant said,

“My constituent Michael McGrath is battling for justice for his family.

“His sister Rachel McGrath was murdered in a brutal stranger attack by Nicholas Burton in 1997.

“The trial judge described Burton as merciless and manipulative and recommended that no home secretary – as the arrangement was at the time – would ever be likely to allow his release.

“Rachel’s elderly parents were recently told that Burton would walk free next year.

“They haven’t even been able to make a victim statement and believe the correct procedure has not been followed.

“Will he agree, please, to a ministerial meeting with the family to help ensure that they have all the information they need, that their voice is heard and it is respected?”

It was also reported that during Burton’s trial decades back, after killing Ms. McGrath he also kidnapped a 17-year-old girl he said he had intended to murder.

Burton’s release “can only be directed by the Parole Board after he has served the minimum 25-year term which ends next year”, a Ministry of Justice spokesman said.

“Even at that stage, it is by no means certain that they will do so,” he added.