Do you remember the case of Lucy Lowe? She was the young girl who was allegedly a victim of grooming in Telford. Her accused abuser, Azhar Ali Mehmood, is currently serving a ‘life’ sentence for burning down Lucy’s home. The fire killed Lucy, who was pregnant with her second child, along with her mother Eileen and her 17-year-old sister Sarah.
This was in the year 2000 – not that long ago in the grand scheme of things. Mehmood was ordered to serve at least 18 years behind bars for his crimes, and he will be considered for release on parole after October 2019.
Not only is it terrifying that this man, who murdered two teenage girls and their mother, is up for release – but now the father of Lucy Lowe is receiving threats for speaking out about the grooming his poor child suffered.
In an article published back in March (obviously something that slipped through my radar) it was reported that the father of Lucy Lowe, George Lowe, has begun receiving threats for speaking out about grooming. Lowe said that he was sent threats for speaking out about his daughter’s case, and that police had received a call from an untraceable pay-as-you-go phone warning that he must ‘be careful’.
Isn’t it funny that in just over a year the man who killed his daughter could be up for parole, and only now, after almost 18 years, is he receiving threats?
I’d like to know the court’s argument for giving this man an opportunity to potentially leave prison after 18 years, and go on and live a reasonably normal life. There are not only accusations of grooming and rape, but this man is in prison for burning down a house and killing three people.
That’s three lives lost and one life destroyed long before the fire.
Mehmood should spend the rest of his days rotting in a prison cell. I fear that, upon his release, Lowe’s father could be put in serious danger.
Isn’t this exactly the reason the British people have no faith in our criminal justice system? How do cases like this slip through? This is a symptom of a much wider problem. Our whole establishment is corrupt – and while I fear it sounds like a cliché, it’s a complete and total lack of common sense. We need common sense.
Life imprisonment must mean life imprisonment. Somebody who takes the lives of three people should never be up for parole. Not only may he engage in the kind of behaviour he has been accused of – namely the grooming and rape of 13-year-old Lucy Lowe – but her father appears to be in danger too. Who knows what might happen?
Where is the justice?