Glenwood killer fighting to be released from jail

GLENWOOD killer Billy Fox, who is serving a life sentence for murdering his former wife near Gympie in the 1990s, is fighting to be released from jail and claims he is no longer a risk because he has reconciled with one of his victims.

William "Billy" Kelvin Fox is serving two concurrent life sentences for murdering his former wife, Patricia Gaye Atkinson, at Glenwood in 1996, and for attempting to murder a woman at the Gold Coast in 1992.

He has also been convicted of attempting to murder three other people - his son, his son's girlfriend and his neighbour.

Fox has been behind bars for about 18 years.

He applied for parole last year, but the parole board refused it, and he challenged this in the Supreme Court.

At a hearing in Brisbane yesterday, Fox, a grey-haired and bearded man dressed in a white collared shirt, sat in court and argued the parole board had denied him natural justice.

He said he had been refused parole because of his risk to the community, but he had "resolved issues" with the person who would be at the biggest risk - one of the main witnesses in a court case that led to his convictions.

Fox (pictured right) said he'd had contact with the person - who was one of his victims - in February this year.

"He was the main Crown witness against me at both of my trials," Fox said.

"And we have resolved any issues that we had further to do with any sort of fear he has towards me or his family or anything else.

"If you think I'm a risk to somebody in the community, I would be a risk to that particular witness because he was the one who put me in jail on both offences."

He said the parole board did not take the recent contact into account.

Fox also said he had been assessed as being a "one" on a risk assessment scale, which was the lowest, and claimed the parole board did not take this into account either.

But Justice Glenn Martin dismissed Fox's legal fight after finding the parole board did not make an error.

He also ordered Fox to pay the parole board's legal costs.

Fox did not dispute this, and told the court he owed $100,000 in state penalties.

- APN NEWSDESK

Gympie Times


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