Mother of tragic Joanna Simpson meets with Justice Secretary and begs him to block her killer’s release

THE mother of the tragic Joanna Simpson met with the Attorney General this week to prevent her daughter’s killer from being released from prison.

Mother Diana Parkes fears reprisals from Robert Brown, who killed his estranged wife Joanna in 2010 at their family home within earshot of their two children.

Diana Parkes and Hetti Barkworth-Nanton were grateful for the opportunity to meet the Attorney General this week


Diana Parkes and Hetti Barkworth-Nanton were grateful for the opportunity to meet the Attorney General this weekPhoto credit: Twitter

He was acquitted murder He spent 13 years in prison for manslaughter – and is due to be released in November.

The Joanna Simpson Foundation told The Sun, “The Joanna Simpson Foundation appreciates the time Attorney General Alex Chalk took to meet Diana Parkes and Hetti Barkworth-Nanton.”

“Diana and Hetti were able to explain to Alex Chalk the reasons why Robert Brown should not be given an automatic early release this November.

“Robert Brown is dangerous ManThat means if he were released, the safety of women and girls would be at risk. We will continue to urge the Attorney General to use his powers to prevent the early release of Robert Brown and ensure there is no more Jo.

“The Joanna Simpson Foundation is still asking the public to write to their local MP to help the Attorney General understand the huge public outcry that a murderer could be freed later this year.

“As always, we’re delighted to support the campaign, The Sun.”

The justice minister said in a tweet: “It was a privilege to meet Diana and Hetti yesterday. What they went through is unimaginable and their strength is truly inspiring.”

“I will take a very close look at this case.”

In 2010, Brown had hidden the claw hammer he used to kill Joanna in one of his children’s school bags when he went to pick them up at their home in Ascot, Berks.

Brown hit Joanna on the head 14 times within earshot of her two children and then packed her lifeless body in the trunk of his car.

A longer period of time followed domestic violence These included coercive control, isolation, intimidation and severe violence.

Brown buried Joanna in a prepared grave and despite all that, shockingly, was only convicted of manslaughter on diminished responsibility.

Joanna’s mother, Diana Parkes – who inspired Camilla, queen consort, to join her in a passionate campaign against domestic violence – demands that “the punishment fits the crime”.

Edmuns DeMars

Edmund DeMarche is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Edmund DeMarche joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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