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Final day of parole inquiry

Stuart Valentine

Prison officers and governors to give evidence

The son of a woman knocked down and killed by a St John’s man with a track record of violence will give evidence to an independent hearing today (Monday).

It’s the final scheduled day of an inquiry into the Island's parole system.

Gwen Valentine was killed in April 2014 by 33 year-old Donovan Kitching, three weeks after he’d been released early from prison following a six year sentence for aggravated burglary.

Home Affairs Minister Juan Watterson, who gave final approval to parole him, and Chief Constable Gary Roberts, both gave evidence to the inquiry on Friday.

Witnesses last week said the system to determine whether a prisoner should be released early did not function properly and claimed key decision makers were unaware of the threat Kitching posed.

It's understood prison officers and governors will give evidence to the inquiry panel before Ms Valentine’s son Stuart takes to the stand.

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