Horror as double murderer who 'used Manchester United tickets as cover' could be freed in days
The family of a teen British sailor who disappeared from a Navy ship in the 1980s are horrified that his suspected killer could be released this week. Simon Parkes was just 18 when he vanished from HMS Illustrious when it was stationed in Gibraltar in 1986 and his family believe he was a victim of serial killer Allan Grimson.
Grimson, also known as 'Frankenstein', was jailed for 22 years in 2001 for the murder of two other men but is now up for potential parole and could be freed after a hearing on Thursday. Grimson, now 66, served around the world on Illustrious and the destroyer HMS Edinburgh and is said to have used a Manchester United season ticket as cover to travel the country.
Last month, police dug up a car park in Gibraltar in the search for Simon's remains. However, despite no new evidence being found, his family insist that Grimson should remain in prison.
Simon's mum, Margaret Sparkes, 78, spoke out against Grimson getting parole, saying: "I think everything has to be done to prevent him getting parole and I am really hoping this will do it."
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She also shared her views on the man in question, saying: "He is a danger to society. He was a petty officer and someone people looked up to. But he only got 22 years for two horrific murders. His words - they were better than sex - those were his words."
"It doesn't sit well that he could be released. He is a psychopath. Do you ever change? I don't think so."
And made a grim statement about her own experience, stating: "Our life sentence goes on. All I can say is Grimson will be a danger to society if he comes out - a leopard never changes his spots as they say - that is it really."