Family of North Yorkshire murder victim welcome parole law change

Jenny Nicholl was 19 when she was murdered in 2005. Credit: PA

The family of a murdered teenager from North Yorkshire have welcomed a new law which means killers could be denied parole if they refuse to reveal the location of their victims' bodies.

Jenny Nicholl, from Richmond, was 19 when she was killed by David Hodgson in 2005. He was jailed for life in 2008, with a minimum term of 18 years, after being convicted of her murder.

Hodgson has never admitted his crime, or revealed where Jenny's body is, despite her parents' pleas for him to do so.

Justice Secretary David Gauke has confirmed it will be made a legal requirement for the Parole Board to take into account a killer's failure to disclose the location of their victims' remains when considering them for release.

"Helen's Law" is named after murder victim Helen McCourt, who disappeared from Merseyside in 1988. Her killer Ian Simms has always maintained his innocence.

Jenny Nicholl's parents, Ann and Brian, have supported the campaign to change the law.

Today, they told us: "this is fantastic news, we are delighted - although it is of course bittersweet."

"You feel like you child has been discarded like a piece of rubbish. When you haven't been able to give them a burial, it's awful. We haven't had the chance to say farewell."

They said that for a killer not to admit their actions is "appalling" - and they should not be granted parole when "there's no taking ownership of what they have done."

"Hopefully this will prick his [David Hodgson's] conscience."

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