A Kettering mum has spoken of her anger after discovering her son’s killer has been enjoying day releases – just three years after he was jailed.
Denim Denver Rainford, of Uppingham Road, Houghton on the Hill, was jailed for 10 years for stabbing Darren Glen to death in a drink and drug-fuelled attack.
Rainford was jailed on July 6, 2010, for manslaughter by reason of provocation, at Birmingham Crown Court.
The jury had unanimously acquitted him of murdering Mr Glen but convicted him of manslaughter.
Mr Glen’s mother Gillian Veysey has now spoken of her shock after finding out that Rainford will be enjoying day releases from prison.
The news has led her to speak out and say that she feels let down by the entire justice system.
She said: “We do feel let down with the justice system.
“My son was killed and it is something I have to live with every day, and so does the rest of our family.
“As a mum you will never really get over it.
“But he’s out there enjoying day releases.”
Mrs Veysey added that she feels that for crimes like this people should serve the full sentences, without day release.
The mother also said more support needs to be given to victims’ families during and after the trial.
She said she felt helpless and without any rights, with all the focus skewed toward the defendant.
She said: “My son was killed, he was dead so he certainly had no rights and as his family we felt we had no rights either.
“Yet all the concern seemed to be on the rights of the man who killed my son.”
A Prison Service spokesman said they would not be able to comment on individual cases.
But they added: “Prisoners may be temporarily released on licence providing they meet strict criteria and pass a rigorous risk assessment.
“Only those assessed as representing minimal risk of escape or risk of harm to the public are eligible for release on licence.
“This helps with the resettlement of prisoners into the community – an important factor in protecting the public and reducing their chance of re-offending.
“Prisoners who breach their licence conditions in any way will be subject to disciplinary proceedings and may be returned to a higher security prison.”
Victims’ Commissioner to listen
Mrs Veysey said she hopes speaking out could improve the way victim’s families are treated.
Mrs Veysey feels she has been let down by the justice system, and that more support needs to be given to victim’s families.
Angela Sarkis, the Victims’ Commissioner for the county, said she would like to hear about Mrs Veysey’s experiences and has arranged to meet her in July.
Mrs Sarkis said she will be interested to hear the details of Mrs Veysey’s situation.
She added that she would like to hear from other victims and their experiences.