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Dad of murdered Mark Webster in emotional parole hearing plea
6:27pm Wednesday 4th September 2013 in News
Twenty-three-year-old Mark Webster was stabbed to death by Leroy Griffith outside The Fleece, in Main Street, in 2002, when he went to the aid of a woman Griffith was threatening with a knife.
Now his father, Tim Webster, 57, has asked a parole hearing to make sure the Barbados-born chef cannot rebuild his life within hundreds of miles of the family, if it chooses to send him to an open prison.
“Mark had just completed his apprenticeship as a plumber and was embarking on his own exciting journey in life when Griffith stopped him in his tracks without appearing to have a single thought for the consequences of his actions,” Mr Webster told the hearing, at HMP Wolds, near Brough, on Friday.
Mr Webster said his father, now 83, still cannot talk about Mark without tears, Mark’s brother, Alastair, has struggled to come to terms with his death, while Marks mother’s marriage broke down and she is still on anti-depressant tablets.
Mr Webster claimed Griffith had still not accepted his crime, but was two years into a rehabilitation course, and his probation officer had recommended he should be allowed to spend the rest of his sentence in an Category D, or “open” prison.
This could see him allowed to make unaccompanied weekend visits to Leeds, with an exclusion zone allowing him within three miles of family members’ homes.