Head's Murderer Had 'Some Problems with His Financial Management'; Jail Report Verdict on Killer Now Accused of Mugging

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Head's Murderer Had 'Some Problems with His Financial Management'; Jail Report Verdict on Killer Now Accused of Mugging


Byline: Sam Greenhill and Christian Gysin

PRISON chiefs warned that the killer of headmaster Philip Lawrence would struggle in the outside world once he was released, it emerged yesterday.

A report on Learco Chindamo pointed out he had 'problems with financial management' and it was 'unknown' how he would cope with day-to-day money pressures. 'Only time will tell,' it cautioned.

Four months after being controversially freed Chindamo now faces being recalled to jail for allegedly carrying out a violent mugging at a cashpoint in Camden, North London on November 13.

The prison report, drawn up by psychologists and prison staff, also reveals that Chindamo prepared for a life outside prison by studying for GNVQs in 'health and social care', 'hospitality' and first aid.

Rather than putting any of these to good use, however, he ended up living a life on state handouts. Before being freed, the 30-year-old had pledged in a statement that he would spend the rest of his life 'atoning' for the murder of Mr Lawrence.

The 48-year-old father-of-four was stabbed through the heart as he tried to prevent Chindamo attacking another boy outside St George's Roman Catholic School in Maida Vale, West London, in 1995.

Now there could be an inquiry into why Chindamo was considered safe to release on licence.

Andrew Bridges, the Chief Inspector of Probation, said he was prepared to carry out a case review. It follows growing calls for Kenneth Clarke, the Justice Secretary, to order a public inquiry to consider questions over how Chindamo was supervised. …

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