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Killer’s release is ‘slap in face’ says grandson

Killer: Russell
Causley, with
wife Carole
and daughter
Sam – Neil
Gillingham’s
mother PICTURE: PA

A DECISION to free a man who killed his wife 35 years ago and has always refused to reveal how he disposed of her body is a ‘slap in the face’ to the family, his grandson said yesterday.

Russell Causley, now 78, was jailed for life for killing Carole Packman a year after moving his lover into their home in Bournemouth.

He was initially arrested eight years after Ms Packman vanished in the summer of 1985 when he faked his own death as part of an insurance scam.

In 1996, he was found guilty of murder. However, the conviction was quashed by the Court of Appeal in 2003. At a retrial at Exeter crown court in 2004 he was again convicted.

Causley has given ‘various imprecise accounts’ of how he had disposed of his wife’s body, but never revealed the location of her remains.

The Parole Board said that Causley’s actions were ‘heartless, showed a lack of remorse and victim empathy and that he was a habitual liar’.

But they did not ‘significantly affect the risk that he would cause harm in the community’. Causley, whose risk has been assessed as medium, will be expected to live at a specified address, wear an electronic tag and be subject to a curfew.

His grandson, Neil Gillingham, from London, said the family are to appeal against the decision. He added: ‘We are absolutely disgusted. There is no justice.’