Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Danny Is Finally Allowed His Freedom; HIS DAD HAS BEEN FIGHTING AGAINST IPP SENTENCES

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Danny Is Finally Allowed His Freedom; HIS DAD HAS BEEN FIGHTING AGAINST IPP SENTENCES

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Byline: LISA HUTCHINSON Reporter lisa.hutchinson@ncjmedia.co.uk @lisachron

BANGED up behind bars for more than 11 years, prisoner Danny Weatherson has finally got a release date after fighting a long battle for freedom.

Danny was just 18 when a judge recommended he served almost 16 months for two attempted robberies before he could apply for parole - but more than a decade on, he remains behind bars.

But now Danny can see light at the end of the tunnel.

Caught up in the controversial Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) sentences which came into force for England and Wales in 2005 but was axed in 2012, he attempted to slit his throat as he lost the will to live while held in jail.

But now his dad Maurice Stevens says his son has been finally given a release date and will be back on the outside within 28 days.

"We are over the moon that he is getting out after all of this time" said builder dad Maurice, 45, of Lemington, Newcastle.

"They said he will get out within the next 28 days but that could mean in four or five days. He is going to a hostel in Leeds to help him rehabilitate and then he will be back up to Newcastle. Danny has been locked up for 11 years and this is light at the end of the tunnel for him. Being in prison for that long is like being in a coffin and not being able to get out.

"He's a different person now he knows he's coming out. When he rang to tell us that he had been granted his parole he was proper over the moon. He couldn't stop talking, we couldn't get a word in edgeways."

Last year the Chronicle told of how Danny's time inside has been in high security prisons including HMP Northumberland, HMP Moorlands in Doncaster, HMP Armley in Leeds, HMP Frankland in Durham and is now in HMP Hull. He had taken to self-harm to get him through his days.

His family revealed in February 2016 the Parole Board said that Danny could be moved to a category D open prison.

However, just weeks later, he was told the prison that had been chosen was changed and Danny slit his throat as his hopes were shattered. …

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