Teenage girl Jodi Jones’ killer has told a friend people won’t recognize him once he’s released.
Lifer Luke Mitchell, 34, says he may have been walking undetected near where he murdered the 14-year-old in 2003.
Mitchell, who was also 14 at the time, brought the lawsuit while complaining that he had been denied visits from his ailing mother Corinne in case his former neighbors in Newbattle, Midlothian, recognize him and become upset .
In recorded conversations with a supporter, he says that HMP Greenock’s custodial staff wear “nondescript uniforms” – and use unmarked cars on trips.
Mitchell, who was let out elsewhere, adds, “There’s nothing to suggest who we were or anything like that. I look completely different from any of the images used by me. My question is: How are people supposed to know who I am?”
Mitchell, who could be paroled within the next 18 months, has consistently denied killing Jodi, whose half-naked body was found in a wood in Dalkeith, Midlothian. She had multiple stab wounds and lacerations to her neck and body.
Last month we shared how he got out of prison at least three times in the last year. He described two hours of fun from Greenock to shopping and eating at burger chain Five Guys on a “packed” holiday.
Mitchell detailed his restaurant visit and a number of other outings in a new series of interviews.
He said: “It was going to Glasgow.
“It went well.
“It was a public holiday, it was pretty crowded.
“It was a bit strange being out and about and having so many people walking around doing their own thing.
“To do something completely different from what I’ve been used to doing for the last almost two decades
“I went out and got something to eat.
“I actually went to Five Guys for the first time to visit this.
“That was a beautiful day.”
He also claims that prison bosses have barred him from the outside world for fear of bad publicity.
The Scottish Prison Service said it would not comment on individual prisoners.
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