Thug jailed for killing Garry Newlove has impending release blocked

Thug, 28, jailed for killing brave father-of-three Garry Newlove could face months longer in a tougher prison as Justice Secretary Robert Buckland blocks his move to an open jail

  • Jordan Cunliffe, 28, was expecting to be released from closed prison this year
  • He was 16 when he murdered father of three Garry Newlove, 47, back in 2007
  • Cunliffe was sentenced to 12 years in prison alongside two other youths
  • He even hosted a prison party in his cell to celebrate his impending release
  • But Justice Secretary has blocked his move to more open surroundings 

One of Garry Newlove’s killers could face an extended spell in prison after his impending release from a closed prison was blocked. 

Jordan Cunliffe, 28, was sentenced to 12 years in prison in January 2008 after he attacked father-of-three Mr Newlove, 47, with two other boys outside the father of the three’s home in Warrington.

Following recommendations from a Parole Board, Cunliffe was expecting to move to an open prison soon and even hosted a drunken party in his cell to celebrate his upcoming freedom.

Jordan Cunliffe, 28, (pictured) could face an extended spell in a closed prison after his impending release was blocked 

Cunliffe was 16-year-old when he murdered father of three Garry Newlove (pictured), 47, alongside two other teenagers back in 2007

But Justice Secretary Robert Buckland declared there was not a ‘wholly acceptable rationale’ for this move and Cunliffe will remain in a ‘closed’ prison until his next parole hearing. 

A source told The Sun: ‘He’ll be gutted. The path to release seemed on. 

‘But many will feel it’s nothing less than he deserves.’ 

Cunliffe was 16 when he fatally attacked Mr Newlove in 2007 with the help of Adam Swellings and Stephen Sorton, both 19, after the Warrington resident reprimanded the three teenagers, who were under the influence of alcohol, for vandalising cars on his street.

Mr Newlove died three days after the incident and left behind his wife, Baroness Helen Newlove along with his three children. 

The 47-year-old’s tragic death stunned the nation and became a symbol for ‘Broken Britain’.

Upon hearing about Cunliffe’s drunken celebrations ahead of what he believed would be his imminent release, Baroness Newlove said: ‘It’s absolutely disgusting.

‘How is he able to have a party in prison with alcohol? It beggars belief. 

‘Cunliffe was a huge instigator in Garry’s death. It feels like he is laughing over Garry’s body all over again.’

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