Michelle Stewart’s murderer remained behind bars for a year after his parole request was denied

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A knife killer who stabbed his ex-girlfriend to death on the streets of an Ayrshire village has been refused parole for another year.

Murderer John Wilson, who killed 17-year-old Michelle Stewart in Drongan in 2008, was denied parole yesterday morning.

Michelle’s family breathed a sigh of relief when Wilson learned he would be behind bars for another 12 months.

The family campaigned tirelessly on Michelle’s behalf for tougher laws in the parole board hearing process and tougher regulation of knife crimes.

And yesterday they said they would continue to defend the victims.

A post on their campaign page, Michelle’s Law, on Facebook said: “Good news! Once again, the bastard John Wilson has been denied parole.

“He is a danger to women and never deserves to be free.

“I hope he stays locked in his place for many years.

“We will not give up the fight for victims’ rights and Michelle’s Law.”

The Michelle Law aims to bring about changes to the justice system, including the creation of “exclusion zones” when an offender is released.



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The campaign was launched by the Stewart family after blade killer Wilson was spotted multiple times in and around Ayr and Prestwick while on supervised leave since 2018, a move previously criticized by Michelle’s sister , Lisa.

Lisa previously said: ‘We are not getting any warning that he is in our area.

“What happens if we meet him? is a thought given to the victims? The only thing we ask is that he be relocated away from our area.

“The anxiety we all have about him being released, not to mention the possibility of crossing paths with him.”

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Wilson ambushed Michelle from behind while she was out shopping with her friends in November 2008 – stabbing her 10 times with a 10-inch blade.

He pleaded guilty in 2009 to the brutal attack and was sentenced to a minimum of 12 years behind bars.

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