M25 road rage killer Kenneth Noyes release from prison could be approved
Stephen Cameron (left) was stabbed to death by Kenneth Noye (right) in a road rage incident on the M25 in Kent in 1996 Kenneth Noye, one of Britain’s most notorious gangsters, could be a free man this week as he awaits a ruling on his release application. The M25 road rage killer has been at an open prison in Kent for the past 18 months, and tasted freedom for the first time in 20 years last April after being taken to hospital by his girlfriend without any prison supervision.His fate will be determined on Wednesday, according to The Sun, and a spokeswoman for the Parole Board told The Telegraph: “An oral hearing has been listed for the parole review of Kenneth Noye and is scheduled to take place this month (May 2019).”A panel of the Parole Board will consider a range of evidence before making its decision. This will be done with great care and with public safety the number one priority.”It’s understood that if the panel decide Noye is eligible for release, he will be released within around three months. Noye, who turns 72 on Friday, was convicted in April 2000 and ordered to serve a minimum 16 years for stabbing to death Stephen Cameron in a roadrage attack on the M25 in Kent in 1996. He had previously been acquitted in 1985 of the murder of John Fordham, an undercover detective who was part of a team investigating the heist.Noye stabbed Fordham to death in the grounds of his home, but claimed he thought he was an intruder.Mr Cameron’s father Ken told The Sun the timing was “heartbreaking”, with Sunday marking the 23rd anniversary of Stephen’s murder. He said: “The only way Noye should be allowed out is in a wooden box.”In the summer of 2017, the Parole Board recommended Noye’s transfer to an open prison, paving the way for his unsupervised hospital visit.Noye was pictured leaving Standford Hill open prison on the Isle of Sheppey where he was collected by his partner in a 4×4 and driven to a local NHS hospital for a minor procedure before being taken back to jail.The Ministry of Justice confirmed at the time the scheduled visit was unsupervised and that Noye did not wear an electronic tag.After murdering Cameron in a road rage incident on an M25 interchange in Kent, Noye went on the run but was caught in Spain after Danielle Cable, Cameron’s girlfriend, was flown out by police and identified him.Ken Cameron, the victim’s father, has previously talked of his disgust that Noye was recommended for open prison. “I am totally gutted. It’s devastating,” he said, “I have only wanted justice for Stephen. And I do not think that man deserves to be on the streets. He should die in prison, and I hope he does.” At the time he committed the murder, Noye was out on licence after serving eight years in prison for his part in the £26million Brink’s-Mat gold bullion robbery at Heathrow. A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: “Prisoners in open conditions are occasionally permitted a short period of unescorted leave for medical appointments, subject to stringent risk assessments.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.