Notorious road rage killer Kenneth Noye has been released from prison, it’s been revealed today.
The former gangster, 71, has served nearly 20 years for the vicious stabbing of Stephen Cameron, 21, on an M25 slip road near Swanley, Kent, in 1996.
The cold-blooded murder took place in front of Mr Cameron’s 17-year-old fiancée Danielle Cable while Noye was out on licence from a previous prison term.
He is now a free man after a parole board praised his ‘improved victim awareness’, ‘clear life goals’ and ‘ability to control his emotions.’
The Ministry of Justice said in a statement: ‘We understand this will be a distressing decision for the family of Stephen Cameron and our thoughts remain with them.
‘Like all life sentence prisoners released by the independent Parole Board, Kenneth Noye will be on licence for the remainder of his life, subject to strict conditions and faces a return to prison should he fail to comply.’
Last month the Parole Board confirmed his release from an open jail has been approved after it ruled he is no longer a ‘significant risk to the public’.
Despite his history of violence stretching back decades, the parole panel said they were impressed by the killer’s ‘decision-making’, ‘maturity about his situation’ and ‘insight into his past behaviour’.
The decision allowed Noye to walk free from Standford Hill open prison in Kent. The victim’s father Ken Cameron, 72, said Noye should die behind bars.
Reacting to the decision last month, he said: ‘I’m totally devastated. I can’t believe they have made this decision. Life should mean life.
‘I hoped this day would never come. I sort of knew it was coming, though – I was almost resigned to it. But it is still a complete kick in the teeth.
He is going back on the streets when he should spend the rest of his days behind bars.
‘Stephen was denied a life by Noye on May 19, 1996 when he left him lying in the gutter. And we are the ones who have had to live a life sentence. There isn’t a day we don’t think of Stephen.’
Mr Cameron added: ‘He can now go and live the rest of his life as a free man while our family still grieve for Stephen every day.
I’m sure he’ll head off to a nice little bolt hole in Spain somewhere and live the good life.’
Former career criminal Noye, once acquitted of murdering a policeman after claiming self-defence, has been at Standford Hill open prison in Kent for the past 18 months – just 30 miles from his victim’s father.
When talking about the parole board decision, Ken said: ‘This is a joke. It’s nonsense.
‘Noye has always been a nasty and violent man all his life and some courses and programmes in prison are not going to change that.
‘He says what they want to hear and he does what they want to see.
‘He would have made out he is a good boy to them. But he will walk out of that prison and pick up from where he left off.
‘He’s pulled the wool over their eyes and now he is being released.
‘He’s never going to change. He’s an evil man.’
Justifying the decision to release him, a spokesman for the parole board 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.’
In 1985, Noye stabbed to death Detective Constable John Fordham in the grounds of Kent mansion. He was cleared of murder.
But the following year he was jailed for 14 years for handling gold bullion stolen in the infamous 1983 Brink’s-Mat robbery. Twice refused parole, he was freed in 1994.
After the 1996 M25 attack, Noye fled, arranged for the Land Rover he was driving to be disposed of, and flew to Spain where he lived under a false name until his arrest in 1998.
When he was convicted of murder in 2000, he was handed a life sentence with a minimum of 16 years.
Ex-Flying Squad head Barry Phillips said: ‘If people look at what Noye has done in his life, and the trail of death and human misery he has left behind him, they will perhaps conclude he should stay behind bars for the rest of his natural.’
The panel heard how well Mr Noye had demonstrated application of relevant skills and learning while in custody.
‘Witnesses described his good conduct and compliance in prison and charted the progress he had made during this sentence. He had worked positively with officials dealing with his case and had demonstrated maturity about his situation, as well as greater insight into his past behaviour.
‘He had demonstrated an ability to deal appropriately with potentially violent situations in prison and was clearly well motivated to avoid further offending in the community.
‘The professional witnesses were all of the view that Mr Noye had addressed his risk factors appropriately and had reduced his risk to the public to a level at which, with a robust risk management plan in place, it would be manageable safely in the community.
‘The panel noted a number of protective factors (i.e. factors likely to reduce risk) including Mr Noye’s current proven ability to control his emotions, his clear life goals, his relationships, and his proven ability to work with professionals and accept advice when it is needed.
‘The panel carefully examined the release and risk management plan provided by Mr Noye’s probation officer and weighed its proposals against assessed risks.
‘The plan included a requirement to reside at a designated address and very close monitoring of Mr Noye’s situation and behaviour, including strict limitations on his contacts, movements and activities.
‘The panel was satisfied that this plan was sufficiently robust to enable Mr Noye’s risk to be managed safely in the community.
‘The panel said it was satisfied Noye met the tests for release and was suitable for return in the community.’