This week there is a very real chance that Egon Von Bulow, who shot dead Surrey Constabulary's PC John Schofield in 1974 and shot and injured two of his colleagues, may be released, as he has been cleared for release by the parole board. Surrey Federation Joint Branch Board and Surrey Constabulary are also highlighting their disgust to the media, but in support, we have issued the following statement. Forwarded for your information.
Reacting to the news that Von Bulow may soon be released from prison, Simon Reed, vice-chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, says:
"Together with colleagues across the country we are absolutely horrified that Von Bulow is likely to be released from prison. PC Schofield was brutally slain by this monster who then attempted to murder the officer's two colleagues, Sergeant Harley Findlay and Constable Ray Fullalove. Von Bulow was jailed for life three times over in 1975 and that should mean he spends the rest of his days behind bars.
"It was not that long ago when the murderer of a police officer would have faced the death penalty. When the death penalty was abolished we were assured that anyone convicted of murdering a police officer would spend their life in prison. But if the criminal justice system can consider releasing someone as vile, vicious and unrepentant as Von Bulow then they will consider releasing anyone, and it makes a complete mockery of our justice system.
"For a sense of justice, for the families and friends of PC Schofield and to ensure we send a message loud and clear to anyone holding a gun or knife when confronted by a police officer, Von Bulow must not be released and must stay imprisoned for the rest of his life."
For further information please contact the Police Federation of England and Wales press office on 01372 352071
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