Triple axe murderer Thomas McCulloch ( seen in photo above on day release in Dundee) was freed from prison today after spending over 30 years behind bars. He was involved in the notorious breakout from Carstairs in 1976 with killer Robert Mone.
From The Courier....
" McCulloch murdered three men during a bloody break-out from Carstairs State Hospital with Dundee killer Robert Mone in 1976.
Hospital worker Neil McLellan, 46, and patient Iain Simpson were struck down by McCulloch with an axe.
McCulloch used the weapon to hack off Mr Simpson’s ears during the infamous break-out.
After making it over the perimeter fence, the duo also killed PC George Taylor, 27. While on the run, the pair maimed two workmen and held a family hostage.
McCulloch was initially sent to Carstairs State Mental Hospital in 1970 after attempting to kill two hotel workers over a row about a sandwich."
Both he and Mone were given life sentences after the break-out.
Despite being told they would die in jail, they used human rights laws to secure fixed sentences of 30 years, after which they would be eligible for parole."
Life was supposed to mean life in this case but as usual the European Court of Human Rights overruled UK Law and allowed him to go free.
The UK no longer has authority over sentencing.