‘It is unbelievable how foul he is’: Joanna Simpson’s mother warns her daughter’s killer Robert Brown will ‘seek revenge’ if he is released from jail
- Robert Brown is due for automatic release in November having served 13 years
- He brutally killed his estranged wife, bludgeoning her to death with a hammer
- His victim’s mother Diana Parkes is fighting to prevent his early release from jail
The grieving mother of a woman violently bludgeoned to death fears her daughter’s killer will ‘seek revenge’ if he is released from prison.
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Robert Brown used a claw hammer to beat his wife, Joanna Simpson, to death in October 2010 while their two children were in a nearby playroom.
The British Airways pilot then wrapped the 46-year-old’s body in plastic sheeting and transported it from her home in Ascot, Berkshire, to a grave he had previously dug in Windsor Great Park, where he buried her.
Brown was acquitted of murdering his estranged wife by a jury in May 2011, but was jailed for manslaughter. The savage killer is due for automatic release in November having served just 13 years of a 26-year sentence.
Joanna’s mother Diana Parkes, 84, has battled to block his release. Appearing on Good Morning Britain today, she said: ‘I worry about women that he might get involved with. The public. He’s going to seek revenge. He’s going to blame everybody else but himself.
Grieving Diana Parkes (pictured) said her daughter’s killer, Robert Brown, would ‘seek revenge’ if he was freed from jail having served just half of his 26-year sentence for the manslaughter of Joanna Simpson in 2010
Just months ago, Brown was still deemed to pose a serious threat to the public, and was kept confined in a category C prison. He was jailed for using a hammer to beat Joanna Simpson to death – before then burying her body in a grave he had dug himself
‘He shows no remorse whatsoever. He said he would tell the children why he killed their mother. It is just unbelievable how foul he is.’
Mrs Parkes appeared on GMB with her daughter’s friend Hetti Barkworth-Nanton. The pair are calling on Justice Secretary Dominic Raab to intervene and stop Brown from being released.
Just months ago, the ex-pilot – who reportedly considered crashing a plane after the killing – was still deemed to pose a serious threat to the public, and was blocked from being sent to an open jail, instead being confined in a category C facility.
Speaking to GMB co-hosts Ben Shephard and Kate Garraway, Mrs Parkes said she feared for her family’s safety if her daughter’s killer was released early.
‘He told my daughter when he attacked her with a knife in 2007 that he hated our family for the whole of their marriage,’ she said.
Hetti added: ‘He’s already been assessed as a risk – as a critical protection case – so they know he’s a risk. Look at the state of probation now. This is not safe.’
Mrs Parkes is due to meet the Justice Secretary later today. She said he had the ‘power to review’ Brown’s case and could prevent the killer’s early release.
‘It is surely so clear that this would be the right thing to do. I hope and pray he will see sense and help me and my family,’ she said previously.
Mrs Simpson, 46, had filed for divorce from Brown after enduring years of abuse, harassment and intimidation
Mrs Parkes appeared on GMB with her daughter’s friend Hetti Barkworth-Nanton (right), who said Brown was a ‘risk’ and that it was ‘not safe’ to release him into the general public
She has the backing of campaigners and wife of former Prime Minister Carrie Johnson. And she has urged Daily Mail readers to petition their local MPs for Brown to remain behind bars.
Ms Barkworth-Nanton, who is the chairman of the charity Refuge, which supports survivors of domestic abuse, has also called for Brown’s release to be blocked.
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She said: ‘This man is a dangerous misogynist who has shown no evidence of remorse. He subjected Jo to years of abuse, stalking and coercive control before he killed her. Dominic Raab has the power to stop this release.’
Brown will be classed as a ‘critical public protection case’, meaning he has been assessed as posing a very high risk of serious harm.
Such offenders require high levels of monitoring after their release, but the Probation Service has warned it is struggling to cope with ‘unmanageable workloads’.
His Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Probation, Justin Russell, said this month that staff shortages were ‘severely’ affecting the service’s ability to manage offenders, including ‘those who pose a serious threat to the public’.
Ms Simpson, 46, had filed for divorce from Brown after enduring years of abuse, harassment and intimidation.
On the day of her death, Brown had driven to her home in Ascot before beating her 14 times with a hammer.
The Ministry of Justice said Mr Raab would be looking into the case, with a spokesperson adding: ‘This was an appalling crime and our thoughts remain with Joanna Simpson’s family and friends.
‘The deputy prime minister will do everything in his power to keep the most dangerous offenders behind bars and has pledged to give this case his closest personal attention.’
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