FORMER Man City star’s racist killer brother could be moved to an open prison.
Michael Barton, brother of Joey Barton – ex-Premier League football player – has been recommended by the Parole Board t move to an open prison after attending courses on victim awareness and substance abuse.
Barton and his cousin, Paul Taylor ambushed 18-year-old black man Anthony Walker in a park in Merseyside in 2005. They hurled racial abuse at him before driving an ice axe through his skull.
He was found guilty of murder and jailed for life for what the trial judge called “racist thuggery of a type that is poisonous to any civilised society”.
At a recent hearing, the Parole Board heard that Barton’s had matured over the last decade. Barton is now 32 years old.
The document presented to the Board read: “After considering the circumstances of his offending and the progress made while in custody, as well as the benefits and risks of Mr Baron transferring to open conditions, the panel recommended that he should be progressed in this way.”
Barton will be eligible for parole in just under two years’ time when his minimum term of 17 years expires.
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