A man who was 15 when part of a gang that kicked a dad-of-three to death outside his home has had his prison release hopes dashed after holding a booze-fuelled party in his prison cell.
Jordan Cunliffe was one of three teenagers jailed in 2008 for the high-profile murder of Garry Newlove who was attacked in a Warrington street by youths he'd just reprimanded for vandalising his wife's car.
Now 28, he was anticipating his release after a Parole Board hearing, but in December, just a few days after those proceedings, he threw the bash while behind bars, celebrating his pending freedom.
Reports state there were six to eight people in his cell drinking alcohol and playing Xbox games, which led to complaints of noise.
The incident then triggered the Parole Board to reconsider their recommendation and Cunliffe's expected release was halted.
He has now been transferred from an open jail to closed conditions.
Mr Newlove's widow, Baroness Newlove, told the Daily Mail: "How is he able to have a party in prison with alcohol? It beggars belief.
"Cunliffe was a huge instigator in Garry's death.
"It feels like he is laughing over Garry's body all over again."
Mr Newlove, 47, was assaulted in August 2007 in the Fearnhead area of Warrington.
He was "kicked like a football” after confronting youths over damage to his wife’s car.
The salesman was left unconscious in the street, having suffered massive head injuries, and died in hospital two days later.
Cunliffe's mum, Janet, has always argued her son didn't take part in the murder, claiming he was wrongly convicted through Joint Enterprise laws.
The parent insists the teenager was registered blind at the time, "did not hear or see anything" and while with the gang, did not participate in the killing.
A jury, however, disagreed, and a judge ordered Cunliffe to serve a minimum of 12 years behind bars following his conviction for murder.
Today it emerged, according to the Parole Board's decision summary, support from a psychologist, probation officer and prison official for his release was withdrawn at a later hearing following the party in the open prison.
His case was "reconsidered in the light of an incident which resulted in Mr Cunliffe's return to closed conditions."
The summary said Cunliffe continued to deny his involvement in the attack, but "appeared to demonstrate some empathy about the incident."
It said: "He had behaved well until an incident in open prison shortly after the panel's first hearing."
The panel recommended Cunliffe be transferred back to the open prison to undertake "additional training."
The recommendation of the Parole Board has been passed to the Justice Secretary for approval.
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A Parole Board spokesman said: "We have made the decision not to release Jordan Cunliffe following an oral hearing, but has recommended that he is suitable for a move to an open conditions prison.
"This is a recommendation only and the Ministry of Justice will now consider the advice and make the final decision."
He added: "The panel carefully examined a whole range of evidence, including details of the original case, and any evidence of behaviour change.
"A review takes place with extreme care and we will never release any prisoner if it is determined they still pose a risk to the public."
Along with Cunliffe, ringleader Adam Swellings and Stephen Sorton were given minimum terms of 17 and 15 years respectively.
Sorton has been approved for release by the Parole Board following a separate hearing.
A summary of the decision on Sorton's release said he showed "generally positive custodial behaviour" and there had been no issues during times when he was on temporary release.
Sorton was 17 when he was given a 15-year jail sentence, which was later reduced to 13 years on appeal.
The panel directed he be released, subject to conditions including an exclusion zone to avoid contact with victims.
Reports add that despite the recent prison breach and jail move, Cunliffe could soon be transferred back to open conditions and could apply for parole again as early as the summer, upsetting Mr Newlove's relatives.
On the night of the attack, Mr Newlove left his home, barefoot, to remonstrate with a gang who had smashed the window of a digger parked nearby.
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His daughter Amy, who had been reading in her bedroom, had called him after looking out of her window and seen a youth kicking her mum’s car.
Police initially arrested 25 youths in the aftermath of the killing.