One of Anthony Walker’s killers could be moved to open prison

One of the men who murdered teenager Anthony Walker could be moved to an open prison after "progress made in prison".

According to the BBC, a parole board recommended that Michael Barton be moved after being jailed for life back in 2005.

In a tweet, the news outlet said: "The Parole Board has recommended one of Anthony Walker's murderers, Michael Barton should be moved to an open prison because of 'progress made while in custody'.

"He was jailed for life along with Paul Taylor after attacking Anthony in a park in Huyton, Merseyside in 2005."

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Back in July, the ECHO reported that 31-year-old Barton was preparing for a parole hearing and was playing to ask to be moved to an open prison.

This would mean he was more likely to be released when his minimum 16-year term is up.

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He has so far served 15 years of his life sentence.

Barton was 17 when he and his cousin Paul Taylor, then 20, ambushed 18-year-old Anthony after racially abusing him at a bus stop on July 29, 2005.

Taylor drove an ice axe through Anthony’s skull in a park in Huyton, Merseyside, and the killers fled to Amsterdam – reports Mirror Online.

Barton was found guilty of murder and jailed for a minimum of 17 years and eight months at Preston crown court that year, while Taylor admitted murder and must serve at least 23 years and eight months.

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But in 2016 it was revealed Barton’s tariff had been cut to 16 years from 18 after he had become a charity worker in jail.

Previously, Anthony's mum Gee Walker has said she forgives her son's killers but admits she was unhappy about Barton's sentence being reduced.

Earlier this year she said: "“They promised me 18 years, a year for each year my son lived. If the justice system makes a promise and can’t keep it, what hope is there for us? When the judge passed a sentence of life, we are the ones who are sentenced to a life of ‘what?’, or ‘how?’

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“We wonder what he would have been like, or how he would have turned out. We wonder what he’d be doing now.

“We are the ones who are left with this abyss of pain and wondering.”

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