Road rage killer Kenneth Noye is to be released from prison after a Parole Board panel concluded he was “suitable for return to the community”.
The 71-year-old was jailed for life with a minimum term of 16 years in 2000 for stabbing to death 21-year-old Stephen Cameron.
The attack took place on the M25 in Kent in 1996 in front of the victim’s 17-year-old fiancee.
His previous requests for release were turned down in 2015 and 2017.
The Parole Board announced its decision on his third bid for freedom on Wednesday, following an oral hearing earlier this month.
Its report said that at the time of his offending Noye had shown a “readiness to carry and to use weapons” and held “unhelpful attitudes concerning the use of violence and did not always control extreme emotions”.
However, witnesses described the “progress” the killer had made, citing his “good conduct” and “maturity”.
It said they were all of the view that Noye had “reduced his risk to the public” to a level which could be managed safely in the community.
“After considering the circumstances of his offending, the progress made while in custody and the evidence presented at the hearing, the panel was satisfied that Mr Noye met the test for release and was suitable for return to the community,” the report concluded.
Noye’s release is subject to the following licence conditions:
:: To comply with requirements to reside at a designated address, be of good behaviour, and report as required for supervision or other appointments
:: To comply with other identified limitations concerning contacts, activities, residency and exclusion zones
:: To continue to address defined areas of risk
A Parole Board spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that a panel of the Parole Board has directed the release of Kenneth Noye following an oral hearing.
“Parole Board decisions are solely focused on whether someone would represent a significant risk to the public after release.
“The panel will have carefully looked at a whole range of evidence, including details of the original evidence and any evidence of behaviour change.
“We do that with great care and public safety is our number one priority.”
The date of his release is yet to be confirmed by the Parole Board, but reports suggest he could be freed from jail within three months.
Noye was moved to Standford Hill open prison in Kent in 2017 and has reportedly been allowed to visit home without an escort and take part in community visits since April last year.