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Triple child killer who hung bodies on railings is freed

Changed man’: David McGreavy has been released from prison PICTURE: MERCURY PRESS

A LODGER who killed three young children before impaling their bodies on garden railings has been released from prison after more than 45 years.

David McGreavy killed Paul Ralph, four, and his sisters Dawn, two, and Samantha, nine months, while babysitting at their home in Worcester in 1973. Then aged 21, he claimed to have lashed out because one of them would not stop crying.

The children’s mother, Elsie Urry, set out ‘the devastating effect’ the deaths had on her ‘and still do have’ in a statement revealed by the Parole Board after a hearing last November.

Tragic: The children and their mum

Ms Urry, known in 1973 as Dorothy Ralph, has since moved to Hampshire. She told the BBC yesterday a support worker rang to break the news.

‘All she has told me is he’s been released, he’s got a tag and he’s got to obey by certain rules that they’ve given him,’ she said. ‘Other than that, I don’t really know.’

In crimes that shocked the nation, it emerged Paul was strangled, Dawn had her throat cut and Samantha died from a compound fracture to the skull. McGreavy, a family friend and lodger, then hung their bodies on the spiked garden railings of their terraced family home.

Given no warning: Elsie Urry today. She remains devastated by the loss of her children PICTURE: SOLENT

The parole board report said McGreavy, who was jailed for life in 1973, had changed ‘considerably’ and now ‘takes full responsibility’ for the triple murder. He was eligible for release in 1993.

Worcester MP Robin Walker has written to successive justice ministers and home secretaries objecting to the killer’s release.

He said: ‘Frankly, I don’t think someone who carried out such crimes should ever be let out. It is a great shame.’