Daily Mail

Killer pilot ‘wanted jail move to aid freedom bid’

- By Vanessa Allen and Martin Beckford

KILLER pilot Robert Brown asked to move to a Scottish jail in a bid to dodge a review of his release, it emerged last night.

Brown, 59, is due for automatic liberty this year after serving half his 26-year term for killing his estranged wife, but Justice Secretary Dominic Raab has promised a full review of the release – which could keep the killer behind bars.

The former British Airways pilot applied for a move to a Scottish jail following public fury that he could be freed after serving just 13 years for manslaught­er. The move would have meant his case would be

‘Protection is my priority’

transferre­d to the Scottish justice system, meaning Mr Raab would be unable to use his powers to order a review.

But the Justice Secretary blocked Brown’s request yesterday, keeping him within the English system. He said: ‘Public protection is my number one priority and I will not permit any arrangemen­t that could compromise our ability to manage a dangerous offender.’

Brown battered Joanna Simpson, 46, to death with a hammer in earshot of their two children in 2010, burying her in woods at Windsor Great Park.

At his trial, he was acquitted of murder but admitted manslaught­er on the grounds of diminished responsibi­lity, saying he was suffering from an ‘adjustment disorder’ after Ms Simpson filed for divorce.

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