In 2009 Jason Owen was imprisoned for causing or allowing the death of 17-month-old Peter Connelly, Baby P.
Owen was a lodger at the home of his brother, Steven Barker, when Peter died in August 2007 having suffered more than 50 injuries. Peter was on the “at risk” register of Haringey Council and received 60 visits from social workers, health professionals and police officers during the final eight months of his life. Despite this, his death was not prevented.
Owen was one of three to be charged with the offence. He pleaded not guilty but was found guilty following a trial at the Old Bailey. He was originally sentenced to Imprisonment for Public Protection with a minimum term of 3 years. This sentence meant he would serve a minimum three years and thereafter would be eligible for release only if the parole board felt he was no longer a risk to the public. Owen successfully appealed this sentence, and it was reduced to a term of six years imprisonment, meaning he would serve three and then serve the rest of his sentence on parole in the community.
Owen was released on parole in August 2011. It is understood that he was returned to prison in December 2012. He may now have to serve the rest of his sentence in custody.
The Ministry of Justice has said: “Offenders released on licence are subject to a strict set of conditions and controls. If they fail to comply with their licence conditions, they are liable to be returned to custody.”
A parole board review has deemed he should not be released until reassessed in December.
More on the case can be found here.
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