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Monday, 24 January, 2000, 14:00 GMT
Parents protest at killer's parole bid

Cornton Vale prison Barbara Glover is being held at Cornton Vale


The parents of a murdered schoolgirl are demanding their daughter's killer serves 30 years in prison.

Jim and Margaret Watson are at Cornton Vale prison, near Stirling, to demonstrate against a parole hearing for Barbara Glover.

Glover, 24, was sentenced in 1991 to imprisonment without limit of time for the murder of their daughter Diane.

However, since the European Convention on Human Rights was incorporated into Scots law, she must now be considered for parole.

The parole board is meeting at the prison and the Watsons say they want Scottish Justice Minister Jim Wallace to intervene to ensure that Glover serves at least 30 years.




I'm not a violent man, but may not be responsible for my actions if she gets out.
Jim Watson
Glover was 15 when she stabbed Diane Watson in the liver and heart with a kitchen knife after a playground row at Whitehill Secondary School in Glasgow.

In a bitter twist, the Watson's only other child Alan committed suicide 18 months' later after reading claims about Diane in a magazine.

He left a note saying: "Sorry mum and dad, but I just had to be with Diane."

Under the human rights regulations, no-one under 18 convicted of murder can be detained indefinitely.

They must be given a minimum sentence and be considered for parole after that time has expired.

'Brutal murder'

The parole tribunal hearing at Cornton Vale follows a ruling in 1998 that Glover should serve a minimum of seven years.

Mr and Mrs Watson say Glover is still a danger to the public.

Mr Watson said: "Seven years is not enought for the brutal murder she committed.

"I'm not a violent man, but may not be responsible for my actions if she gets out. I'm very angry."

The tribunal is expected to give its decision in two weeks' time.

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