Man who killed wife and hid body where he had sex with lover is set to walk free

A sick murderer who killed his wife and hid her body in nearby woods is due to be released from prison.

Michael Gifford-Hull, 60, is expected to be freed having been granted parole after being jailed for life with a minimum sentence of 15 years and 332 days, in September 2005.

The killer was found guilty of murdering his wife Kirsi Gifford-Hull, 38, at their home in Winchester, Hampshire.

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In the days after her death, Gifford-Hull hid her body under a bed before moving Kirsi to near by woodland spot where he used to meet his lovers.

He also told the couple’s children that their mother had left, reported her missing to the police, and made nation-wide appeals for her to be found on national TV.

On Thursday it was announced that the Parole Board was recommending Gifford-Hull’s release following a hearing in February.

A spokesperson from the Parole Board said: “We can confirm that a panel of the Parole Board has directed the release of Michael Gifford-Hull following an oral hearing in February 2023.

“Parole Board decisions are solely focused on what risk a prisoner could represent to the public if released and whether that risk is manageable in the community.

“A panel will carefully examine a huge range of evidence, including details of the original crime, and any evidence of behaviour change, as well as explore the harm done and impact the crime has had on the victims.

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According to the panel, Gifford-Hull has already been spending time in public, including overnight stays at specific addresses, with none of these incidents showing cause for concern in terms of public safety.

As a result, the Parole Board announced that they had reached the decision to recommend Gifford-Hull for release.

“After considering the circumstances of his offending, the progress made while in custody, the details of the release plan and the very full evidence presented at the hearing and in the dossier, the panel was satisfied that Mr Gifford-Hull was suitable for release,” the Board confirmed to the Daily Mail.

Upon release, Gifford-Hull will be closely monitored, residing at a specific address and will remain severely limited in his movements and contact with others.

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