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Prisoner's parole to be looked at, following fatal crash

Donovan Kitching

Tynwald unanimously backs inquiry

An inquiry is to look into the circumstances that led to a newly-paroled prisoner causing the death of a visitor to the Island.

Tynwald has voted to back a motion from Home Affairs Minister Juan Watterson to examine the circumstances behind the parole of Donovan Kitching in April last year.

Kitching, from St John's, was jailed for more than 10 years after he admitted causing the death of Gwen Valentine from Winchester.

That happened just three weeks after he had been released.

He had been jailed in 2011 for his part in a violent robbery.

Mrs Valentine had been visiting family on the Island when the car Kitching was driving on the Tholt-y-Will Road hit her.

Kitching had no licence and hadn't taken any driving lessons.

The inquiry will look into whether releasing Kitching from prison on parole was appropriate and whether there are any systemic problems.

The motion was approved unanimously.

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