Keep Tessa Howden's Killer in Prison
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In January 1986, Gary Taken murdered and sexually assaulted 19 year-old Tessa Howden in her own bed. He has shown no remorse for his actions throughout his time in prison. He is about to be released back into the community at 50 years old.
My sister and I grew up with Tessa and her sister, Shirley, in a small cul-de-sac of 12 houses. Her family's life was shattered by Gary Taken, causing immeasurable pain and continued grief. No one else should have to suffer as the Howden family have for the past 30 years. Releasing Gary Taken back into the community puts other families at risk of this.
To the justice secretary: please urgently review this case and overturn the decision to release Gary Taken. A man who has expressed no regret, guilt, or responsibility for his actions should not be allowed back into the community, putting more lives at risk.
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