November 2006

CHILD KILLER FREEDOM BID

THE brother of a little girl tortured and murdered by a paedophile has slammed a decision to consider him for parole in just three years’ time.

Christopher Hoiles, 32, was 15 years old when his little sister Tiffany, nine, was killed by evil Trevor Owen (pic above) in 1988.

Nine-year-old Tiffany Hoiles (pic below) was sexually assaulted, stabbed 94 times with scissors and killed by a vicious kick to the head by Owen, who was nicknamed Quasimodo by locals because of his staring eyes and limp.

Mr Hoiles said: “I’m not happy about it. I don’t understand why it was considered. What I think should happen to him wouldn’t be able to be put into a paper. It’s completely wrong.

“Obviously it was a pretty horrific time and had a big effect on everyone.

“You never heal from it. I think about her every day. I was about 15 or 16 when it happened and it had a massive effect on me growing up.

“There’s nothing that would make me forgive him and I don’t think anyone else should.”

Owen, now 50, formerly of Barnes Close, Blandford, had spent days watching children in an adventure playground at the Milldown, Blandford, before he “took his opportunity” and picked out Tiffany.

He then subjected the little girl to “terrible brutality” before concealing her body in undergrowth, London’s Royal Courts of Justice heard yesterday.

Owen was nailed by police after forensic experts matched fibres from Tiffany’s clothing to his.

They also proved that his clothing, like hers, was covered in ivy hair from plants at the scene of the crime.

Locals also told police that Owen had been seen watching children at the playground previously during the summer holidays.

He was convicted of Tiffany’s murder at Winchester Crown Court in April 1989 but continues to protest his innocence to this day said Mr Justice Davis, reviewing the case yesterday.

Mr Justice Davis ruled that Owen must serve a minimum tariff of 21 years behind bars for his sickening crime before he can apply for parole.

The ruling means that after time spent on remand is taken into account, Owen can apply to the parole board for his freedom in late 2009.

Speaking to the Echo in 2000, Tiffany’s father Mike Hoiles said he would be horrified if Owen ever came up for parole.

He told us: “That would devastate me to be honest, if he had been released. I have nothing but hatred and contempt for him.”

Owen had attacked a girl of the same age at the same spot 16 years previously when he told her “if you scream I’ll kill you”.

Later in 1986 Owen was convicted of another assault on a girl but his conviction was quashed on appeal because his victim was too upset to give evidence.

Although he was “on the borderline of intellectual function”, he had “some cunning and native intelligence” and the judge at his trial described him as “obviously a most dangerous man”.

Mr Justice Davis said it was clear that Owen had “planned his chance” before subjecting little Tiffany to “gross, gratuitous and sustained sadism”.

Although some allowance had to be made for his mental limitations and his “commendable” behaviour in prison, the judge said his continued denials of guilt showed he had “not true remorse”.

Arguments by his lawyers that his tariff should be set at 14 years were “wholly unrealistic” said Mr Justice Davis, adding: “This was a ghastly sadistic murder of a young child.”

Owen’s crime demanded a tariff for “retribution and deterrence” well above “the norm” he added.

Owen will only be freed if he can persuade the parole board that he poses no further danger.

If he is ever released he will remain on “life licence”, subject to prison recall if he commits further offences the court heard.