Notorious killer 'unrepentant' as she is freed from jail
Published 26/07/2011 | 12:45
Tracie Andrews, who killed her fiancé in one of Britain’s most notorious murders, will walk free from prison this week as unrepentant as the day she was jailed.
The 41-year-old was handed a life sentence in 1996 after stabbing Lee Harvey 37 times and then claiming he had been attacked by a road rage driver to cover her tracks.
But the former barmaid, who has had £5,000 of facial plastic surgery at taxpayers’ expense while in jail, still refuses to accept responsibility for her crime.
Andrews, who has changed her name to Tia Carter, is due to be released on Thursday from Askham Grange open prison, near York, where she has spent the last part of her 14-year term.
“She categorically refuses to take the blame,” a family friend told the Daily Mail.
“Her attitude is she has done her time and the slate is now clean. She sees no reason to say sorry to anyone.
“Her family wanted her to make a public statement on her release, for the first time fully admitting what happened and expressing her regret and sorrow over Lee’s death.
“They take the view that unless she shows public remorse, she will be a target for hate. But she has refused to listen and has said repeatedly, point-blank, that she will not say anything to anyone.
“She says that, having paid her debt to society, it is her human right to be left alone.”
Andrews had surgery on the NHS to alter her distinctive jaw and has dyed her blonde hair brown as she attempts to restart her life with a new identity.
The British Ministry of Justice rejected her request for lifetime anonymity, which Maxine Carr, 34, the partner of Soham killer Ian Huntley, received on her release seven years ago. Andrews will be kept under observation until early next year.
Andrews murdered Mr Harvey, 25, during a row as they drove along a country road in Worcestershire.
She cut his throat and stabbed him with a penknife in the back, face, neck and chest, leaving him to bleed to death.
Andrews appeared on television with police and Mr Harvey’s parents Ray and Maureen two days after the murder, tearfully pleading for information to catch the killer.
She maintained at her trial in 1997 that a maniac road rage driver had carried out the attack.
Andrews later confessed to her crime in a letter from prison but refused to apologise or accept responsibility.
It is understood that Andrews will initially live in a secure ‘approved residence’ in the north of England on her release, with a night curfew.
She will not be able to go within 50 miles of the Harveys Birmingham home without informing them and the police.
This means she cannot stay with her mother Irene in Warwickshire or at her 20-year-old daughter Karla’s home in Walsall.
Mrs Harvey, 65, previously said she would never forgive Andrews.
“All we have left are memories and a grave while she’s ready to carry on as if nothing happened. She is evil,” Mrs Harvey said.