Killer to be released in weeks, maybe

Frightening news in the Daily Mail today: ‘Thug who stabbed to death headteacher Philip Lawrence ‘to be released from prison within weeks’‘. You’ve spotted them, haven’t you? The inverted commas covering the ‘to be released from prison within weeks’ part. You just know it’s bollocks, don’t you?

And, of course, it is:

Learco Chindamo, who was 15 when he stabbed the father of four to death outside his school, is in line to be assessed for release by a parole board panel…

No date has been set for the hearing, but it is expected to take place within the next couple of months.

So, firstly, it is not a foregone conclusion that he will be released at all, given the nature of his crime; and secondly, given that the best time-frame the Mail can give for the parole hearing is ‘within the next couple of months’, it hardly suggests the imminent release implied by the headline. Perhaps the Mail have covered themselves though, as technically if Learco Chindama is ever released, it would have been within weeks of this news article. Granted, it could be 3 weeks or 300 hundred weeks, but they’d still technically be right.

Given that Learco is foreign and has slightly brown skin the 172 comments under the Mail story were ‘unavailable’ at the time I looked, no doubt I could hazard a guess at what the majority of them were about.