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.
He was acquittedHe 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 dangerousThat 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 followedThese 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”.