Evil killer Quy denied parole for third time

Evil killer Quy denied parole for third time

by Tom Martin (May 2022)

THE father of Lynsey Quy, who was murdered in Southport in 1998, has told the Champion of his “huge relief” after her evil killer was denied parole.

Mitchell Quy’s parole application was rejected for a third time by the Parole Board - meaning the 47-year-old murderer will remain behind bars.

Quy  strangled his wife and mum-of-two Lynsey before scattering her body parts around Southport in a horrific crime that shocked the town.

Lynsey’s dad, Peter Wilson, 72, told the Champion: “It’s really good news for us. This is the third time he has had his parole application refused and the right decision has been made again.

“It has been a nervous time for us but it’s a relief that the right result has come. Hopefully his next parole attempt won’t happen any time soon.”

The Parole Board decided that Quy will neither be released or moved to an open prison. The panel found that Quy was still associated with problems including violence, aggression and drug taking.

A spokesperson for the Parole Board said: “We can confirm that a panel of the Parole Board refused the release of Mitchell Quy following a parole review. The panel also refused to recommend a move to open conditions.

“Parole Board decisions are solely focused on what risk a prisoner could represent to the public if released and whether that risk is manageable in the community. A panel will carefully examine a huge range of evidence, including details of the original crime, and any evidence of behaviour change, as well as explore the harm done and impact the crime has had on the victims.

“Members read and digest hundreds of pages of evidence and reports in the lead up to an oral hearing. Evidence from witnesses including probation officers, psychiatrists and psychologists, officials supervising the offender in prison as well as victim personal statements are then given at the hearing.

“The prisoner and witnesses are then questioned at length during the hearing which often lasts a full day or more. Parole reviews are undertaken thoroughly and with extreme care.

“Protecting the public is our number one priority. Under current legislation he will be eligible for a further review in due course. The date of the next review will be set by the Ministry of Justice.”

For almost 18 months after 21-year-old Lynsey was killed, Quy remained a free man because he maintained a callous pretence that she had left him for another man.

The killer duped police by making dozens of media appeals - including appearing in a documentary. He eventually admitted killing her and then cutting up her body as her children slept in a nearby room at their Southport home. 

Quy was jailed for life in January 2001.

Lynsey’s torso was found in a shallow grave near a rollercoaster at Pleasureland. Her head and hands were never found.

Her brother Peter Wilson committed suicide, aged 24, in 2001 after reportedly being unable to come to terms with his sister’s horrific death.

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