A MUM whose son was stabbed to death in Skelmersdale is furious that the killer was allowed home for the day.
Colin Eedle, who knifed Steffan Bell to death in 2000 during a drunken rage, was recently granted a home release from prison.
Gaynor Bell received written confirmation that her son's killer was returning to an address in Liverpool on temporary licence for the day.
Eedle, who comes from a well known south Liverpool family, was found guilty of murder in 2001 and sentenced to life in prison.
The trial judge, His Honour Judge Openshaw QC, recommended that he should serve 14 years before he was eligible for release.
Gaynor, from Aughton, is concerned that the home release suggests Eedle is now being prepared for his eventual release.
Steffan was murdered when Gaynor was still coming to terms with the loss of her eldest son Adam, who was killed in a road accident.
She said: “Eedle is still young enough to get married have children and live a life. My son has had that taken away. I do believe life should mean life. Why after taking away my son should he have a life. Every day I think of my sons, and now it is worse knowing this man is going to have a life. Steffan also has a son and he lives without his dad.
“I do believe that he will commit crime again . Before he murdered my son he had a record, and his own father after the trial said to me ‘how did your son get mixed up with mine.’”
In 2009 Eedle applied to the High Court for early release from prison following the completion of his minimum term.
During the hearing it was established that Eedle had been involved in several prison fights and damaged property in jail.
Gaynor, who has campaigned on behalf of families affected by murder and manslaughter, is now a volunteer for charity PALMS.
A Prison Service spokesperson said:"Temporary licence can be an important tool in preparing offenders for their release from prison. It helps reduce the chance of re-offending by setting up appropriate employment and rehabilitation work in the community, and maintaining family contact.
“We are determined this does not come at the expense of public safety. That’s why we are reviewing the process, and as soon as possible want all those on temporary release tagged so we know where they have been.”