Neil Gillingham appeared on This Morning today and spoke about his grandfather Russell Causley, who is serving a life sentence for the murder of his wife Carole Packman
A man whose grandfather murdered his grandmother made a plea to the parole board for him to never be released.
Neil Gillingham appeared on This Morning today and spoke about his grandfather Russell Causley, who is serving a life sentence for the murder of his wife Carole Packman.
Carole had disappeared in 1985 and Causley has been convicted twice for her murder, but has never revealed where her body is.
Speaking to presenters Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes, Neil branded his grandfather a “habitual liar” who shouldn’t be freed from prison.
“My grandfather has changed his account [of what happened] so many times,” he explained and said that in 2014 he told the Parole Board that he dismembered her body and burnt her in the garden.
Neil said Causley, 78, maintained that confession for two years but later retracted it and said that it was a “complete miscarriage of justice” that he was jailed.
Yet, his account changed again in 2020 when he reverted back to his original confession but said that a third party murdered her.
He went on to say that his grandfather’s failure to provide details over his grandmother’s death had “plagued” his family.
Neil also believes that Causley still poses a threat to his family.
He previously told PA: “I do not think he can be trusted around women, around my mum or around me, it’s been acknowledged he poses a physical risk to me and an emotional risk to my mum. There is a risk and we do not believe we can mitigate against that.”
He added: “He has proved he hasn’t changed, my grandfather hasn’t changed, he hasn’t given us any closure or himself any closure.
“I would say to him: ‘Why don’t you close the book that is plaguing your life?’
“But he won’t, because he is a control freak and a narcissist and and a narcissist won’t lose control.”