Keith Pollard: Killer who killed Big Brother star Channel Hayes’s mother to appeal parole

Double murderer Keith Pollard appealed after his parole and request to be moved to an open prison was rejected.  Now 68, he was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Andrea Sinclair in 1998 (pictured)

Double murderer Keith Pollard appealed after his parole and request to be moved to an open prison was rejected.  Now 68, he was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Andrea Sinclair in 1998 (pictured)

Double killer, 68, who slaughtered the mother of Big Brother star Chanelle Hayes, fights probation decision to keep him behind bars

  • Keith Pollard, now 68, was sentenced to life in prison in 1998 for strangling Andrea Sinclair
  • Andrea worked as a prostitute and was murdered in Pollard’s flat in Manchester
  • The probation commission has confirmed that he will not be released or moved to an open prison
  • Killer appealed their decision because it was ‘irrational and unfair’

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The depraved double murderer who strangled the mother of Big Brother star Chanelle Hayes has appealed after his seventh parole was rejected.

Keith Pollard took Andrea Sinclair back to his flat where he killed her in 1988 – just two years after he was released from prison for murdering a pensioner in 1972.

The 68-year-old had rejected his seventh offer for parole in early April, but he challenged the probation officer’s decision on the grounds that it was “irrationally and procedurally unfair”.

Judge Patrick Thomas rejected Pollard’s appeal and instead supported the council’s decision to keep him incarcerated.

Pollard was told he is still considered a risk to the public and his request to move to an open prison was also rejected.

The killer has served an additional 14 years and will have to wait another two years before applying for parole again.

He is currently housed in a Category B closed prison and is said to have been treated for his ‘perverted sexual interests’.

Double murderer Keith Pollard appealed after his parole and request to be moved to an open prison was rejected.  Now 68, he was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Andrea Sinclair in 1998 (pictured)

Double murderer Keith Pollard appealed after his parole and request to be moved to an open prison was rejected.  Now 68, he was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Andrea Sinclair in 1998 (pictured)

Double murderer Keith Pollard appealed after his parole and request to be moved to an open prison was rejected. Now 68, he was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Andrea Sinclair in 1998 (pictured)

Ms Sinclair was reportedly working as a prostitute when she was strangled and mutilated by Pollard, who was a client, in his Manchester flat when her daughter Chanelle was a baby.

Andrea’s body was reportedly so mutilated that she had to be identified by a mole on her leg.

Pollard murdered Mrs. Sinclair just two years after he was released from prison for the 1972 murder of retiree Violet Thompson.

The double murderer, then 18, broke into her home and stabbed her 70 times with a knife. In 1998 he received a life sentence.

Chanelle, a former Big Brother contestant, has previously spoken out about her mother’s murder and fears Pollard could be released.

A Parole Board spokesperson said: “We can confirm that a Parole Board panel has denied the release of Keith Pollard following a March hearing.

“The panel has also declined to recommend a transition to open terms.”

Pollard told the parole officer that he was not ready to be released yet, but would like to be transferred to an open prison.

At the time Ms Sinclair was murdered, he was experiencing relationship problems, low self-esteem and a “limited level of sexual experience.”

But since serving time in prison, according to his parole documents, he has participated in rehabilitation programs to deal with his violent and sexual behavior.

Concerns had been raised about the effectiveness of this work and the panel recommended that Mr Pollard undertake further work to address his level of risk.

“Witnesses did not support Mr Pollard’s release or his move to open prison and believed he should do more work in closed prison first,” the parole papers said.

Chanelle Hayes

Chanelle Hayes

Chanelle Hayes

Chanelle Hayes

Chanelle Hayes (pictured) rose to fame when she appeared in the Channel 4 series Big Brother in 2007 and has previously spoken out about the impact of her mother’s murder on her life

He was first eligible for parole in 2008 and this is his seventh rating, meaning he has served an additional 14 years in prison so far.

Pollard will have another conditional assessment in two years.

Chanelle became famous for her appearance in the Channel 4 series Big Brother in 2007 and has previously spoken out about the impact of her mother’s murder on her life.

The mother of two, who was adopted by Christine and Harry Hayes, said convicted murderer Pollard “isn’t safe out on the streets” and that she hates “the thought of being free.”

Speaking in 2016, the reality TV star revealed the emotional impact her birth mother’s tragic death had on her upbringing.

She said: ‘I’ve always grown up knowing I was adopted… but it was a sugar-coated story,’ she explained to ITV’s Loose Women panel.

“I knew I was adopted. She [Chanelle’s adopted parents] made me a scrapbook with pictures of my mother and sisters.’

She has also spoken about how her birth mother struggled with addiction and ended up with the wrong people.

Mrs Sinclair gave birth to Chanelle while serving a sentence at Styal Prison in Cheshire.

At an earlier hearing on his release, the court was told Pollard had shown “significant remorse,” the Sun said.

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