The family of murdered lawyer Marshall Stormonth have won support for their bid to keep his killers behind bars for the rest of their lives.
Teenager Dean Ryan and his older brother Steven were convicted of killing the 34-year-old Glasgow procurator fiscal in 1994.
Last week his relatives demanded they never be released after Dean, now 45, was turned down by the Parole Board of Scotland because they still considered him a danger to the public.
The killer failed to get that decision overturned earlier this month at the Court of Session in Edinburgh after a judge learned he had been paroled twice and had reoffended on both occasions.
Steven Ryan, now 49, is serving a second life sentence after he murdered security guard Gordon Murphy in 2014 in Glasgow, less than a year after his release from prison.
Ann Marie Cocozza, co-founder of the Scottish charity FAMS (Families and friends Affected by Murder and Suicide), backed the Stormonth family in their bid to keep the brothers behind bars.
She said: “They should never be allowed out of prison.
“People should only be released when they are fit to be released, not because they are eligible for parole.”
Dean Ryan was refused parole in December last year, prompting his legal team to seek a judicial review.
Scottish Conservative shadow justice secretary Jamie Greene said: “Life should mean just that for criminals like this.”
Last Sunday we revealed how Marshall’s cousin Aileen Caskie is to write to the Parole Board demanding that the brothers never be released. Aileen, 55, who runs an Edinburgh marketing consultancy, said:
“The Ryan brothers will always be a grave and serious danger to the public. They have never shown any remorse for their crimes and are fundamentally violent and dangerous.”
Marshall, who was an award-winning Gaelic singer, was abducted by the two brothers in November 1993 at gunpoint.
They forced him to drive to his flat in Botanic Crescent, where he was attacked with a champagne bottle and strangled. The flat was then set on fire.
Both brothers were sentenced to life the following March.
A Parole Board of Scotland spokesperson said: “There is no procedure for a prisoner to directly appeal a decision of the Board. It is, however, possible for a prisoner to challenge a decision of the Board by seeking a judicial review.”
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