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Communication problems aided Kitching release

Inquiry hears more evidence on Gwen Valentine case

An inquiry into the Island's parole system heard of 'decisions made on a lack of evidence' as it re-opened yesterday (Tues 12th).

The second part of the investigation, which began last year, is focusing on the case of Donovan Kitching.

He knocked down and killed 62-year-old visitor Gwen Valentine just weeks after being released early from the Isle of Man Prison in April 2014.

The inquiry heard that a lack of effective communication between parole and probation services was instrumental in the decision to release Donovan Kitching, just three weeks before he killed Gwen Valentine on the Tholt-y-Will Road.

It was revealed that numerous displays of a poor attitude, abusive behaviour and disregard for rehabilitation by Kitching were not taken fully into account by the parole committee weighing up his case - this was partly blamed on a lack of synchronicity between data storage systems.

Kitching, who is now back in prison serving a ten-year sentence, was also subject to loose terms of license upon release - supposedly being allowed to go out drinking with friends and throw parties in a hotel room.

The inquiry, led by former advocate Geoff Karran, will hear more evidence from key witnesses as the week goes on.

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