Wife-killer Russell Causley should ‘stay behind bars’

HEARING: Neil Gillingham talks about his grandmother’s murderer

HEARING: Neil Gillingham talks about his grandmother’s murderer

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AN “arrogant” murderer who has never revealed the location of his wife’s body has not changed and should remain in prison, according to his grandson.

Veronica Packman, of Westbourne, went missing from the family home in Ipswich Road shortly after visiting a solicitor to enquire about getting a divorce in 1985.

Her husband, Russell Causley, who took the name of his mistress Patricia Causley and moved in with her a year before Veronica went missing, was convicted of her murder in 1994.

As reported in the Daily Echo last weekend, his daughter Samantha Gillingham and grandson Neil Gillingham attended a parole hearing, appealing for the killer to remain behind bars.

Neil claims he has been faced with a sense of panic following the prospect of his release and is now fearful of what might happen to his family if “controlling” and “violent” Causley is freed.

“He believes he has got a human right,” he added.

“As far as he is concerned he is over tariff now and it is time for him to be released into society.

“I think what is difficult is he has not openly admitted to what he has done.

“He has not engaged with the authorities. All he has done is maintain the same arrogance.”

Causley has always refused to reveal the whereabouts of Veronica’s body, something Neil said has never allowed his mother to achieve a sense of closure.

The family claim the murderer beat his wife and humiliated her by dumping uneaten meals over her head, before forcing daughter Samantha to live under a pier aged just 16.

Neil said: “He is a controlling man and he exerts the same level of control whether he is in the public or behind prison doors, because he won’t actually admit to what he has done.

“I am fearful that his mindset hasn’t changed. He hasn’t admitted to what he has done. He hasn’t said he wants to draw a line under this.”

Neil pleaded with the parole board to “show some humanity” and keep him behind bars.

“Why is it the case that the victims’ families are being forgotten?

“Why haven’t we got human rights and why are the human rights of the perpetrator always put first?

“My grandmother isn’t here ultimately to be able to argue this point.

“I would like them to put her first for once.”

Message to killer Causley

Neil has never met Causley, saying he was disappointed the “coward” did not turn up to the parole hearing.

However, he had this message for him: “If you want to be released it is absolutely fine, we won’t stop you. But you need to be able to make a change; you need to prove that you have changed and that your risk is significantly reduced – not only to us but the public.

“The only way you can do that is by engaging with the authorities and if it comes to a point where you tell us what happened to her, you tell us the story, you give us that closure – we will allow you to do that.”

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7:17am Mon 11 Aug 14

High Treason says...

Parole! Murder someone and you should spend the rest of your life in prison. Stuff the human rights for murderers, they are lucky they are not hanged.
Parole! Murder someone and you should spend the rest of your life in prison. Stuff the human rights for murderers, they are lucky they are not hanged. High Treason
  • Score: 30

8:48am Mon 11 Aug 14

spooki says...

The bad people seem to have more human rights than the poor souls they victimise.
The bad people seem to have more human rights than the poor souls they victimise. spooki
  • Score: 17

9:13am Mon 11 Aug 14

Arjay says...

After Judge Graham White revealed last week that victim statements make no difference to parole hearing decisions, I wouldn't hold out much hope for this family's concerns.........
After Judge Graham White revealed last week that victim statements make no difference to parole hearing decisions, I wouldn't hold out much hope for this family's concerns......... Arjay
  • Score: 8

10:21am Mon 11 Aug 14

BigAlfromsunnyBournemouth says...

I thought it was a qualification for parole that the criminal recognised his role in the crime and showed remorse.
I thought it was a qualification for parole that the criminal recognised his role in the crime and showed remorse. BigAlfromsunnyBournemouth
  • Score: 8

11:11am Mon 11 Aug 14

TheDistrict says...

Hello Echo are you awake. Who is this Sandra T. Storms with the idiotic posts irrellevant to any of the stories. Wakey Wakey.
Hello Echo are you awake. Who is this Sandra T. Storms with the idiotic posts irrellevant to any of the stories. Wakey Wakey. TheDistrict
  • Score: 0

2:17pm Mon 11 Aug 14

chrissytanzanite says...

Victim statments might not make a diffrence but it helped me when my brother was murdered trying to come to terms with his death my heart goes out to all familys who have love ones snatch away death penalty is to easy put them in prison with no tv xbox playstation let them rott with no human rights
Victim statments might not make a diffrence but it helped me when my brother was murdered trying to come to terms with his death my heart goes out to all familys who have love ones snatch away death penalty is to easy put them in prison with no tv xbox playstation let them rott with no human rights chrissytanzanite
  • Score: 2

10:28pm Mon 11 Aug 14

yet_another_one says...

High Treason wrote:
Parole! Murder someone and you should spend the rest of your life in prison. Stuff the human rights for murderers, they are lucky they are not hanged.
I worked with this guy when he was known as Russell Packman before changing his surname to that of his new partner - a most strange thing to do but I never thought anymore about it.
Whatever became of her ???
He had a problem & was a complete nutter - have to say I was so disappointed on discovering what followed & feel for his family & all those who are/were much closer to him.
So sad - I really hope Russell is full of remorse & is able to help those closer to him & further, come to terms with whatever happened.
[quote][p][bold]High Treason[/bold] wrote: Parole! Murder someone and you should spend the rest of your life in prison. Stuff the human rights for murderers, they are lucky they are not hanged.[/p][/quote]I worked with this guy when he was known as Russell Packman before changing his surname to that of his new partner - a most strange thing to do but I never thought anymore about it. Whatever became of her ??? He had a problem & was a complete nutter - have to say I was so disappointed on discovering what followed & feel for his family & all those who are/were much closer to him. So sad - I really hope Russell is full of remorse & is able to help those closer to him & further, come to terms with whatever happened. yet_another_one
  • Score: 1

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