A DAD whose son was knifed to death by M25 road rage murderer Kenneth Noye said he is ‘totally devastated’ after hearing the killer will be freed.
Noye was jailed for life with a minimum term of 16 years in 2000 for stabbing Stephen Cameron, 21, on an M25 slip road in Kent in 1996.
Yesterday the Parole Board agreed his release after deciding the 71-year-old was not ‘a significant risk to the public’. He could be out of prison within weeks.
Stephen’s dad Ken, 72, branded the decision ‘a complete kick in the teeth’. He added: ‘Life should mean life. I hoped this day would never come.’
Mr Cameron, whose wife Toni passed away in 2016, said: ‘She would be devastated. Toni always said she only ever wanted him to come out of prison in a wooden box. We never wanted revenge for Stephen. All we have ever wanted is justice and justice would be life in jail.
‘I’m sure he’ll head off to a nice little bolthole in Spain somewhere and live the good life. I’m absolutely gutted if I’m honest with you.’
Noye, who is currently at Standford Hill open prison in Kent, went on the run and was arrested in Spain in 1998. He first became eligible to be considered for release in April 2015 and was transferred to ‘open conditions’ in 2017. The Parole Board made its decision after an oral meeting.
A spokesman said 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 panel said Noye’s ‘readiness to carry and use weapons on occasions and not being able to resolve arguments reasonably’ used to be a risk factor. But it said he has ‘reduced his risk to the public’ and ‘would be manageable safely in the community’.
His release conditions include continued good behaviour, living at a set address and supervision. He must keep working on ‘defined areas of risk’ and has limits set for ‘contacts, activities and exclusion zones’.
Yesterday Noye’s son Kevin said: ‘We’ve got nothing to say’, when approached for comment at his home in West Malling, Kent.