The mother of murder victim Scott Burgess has reacted with fury at the news that sick killer Stephen Price has been granted day release from jail to help him prepare for freedom – 13 years after the unprovoked knife attack.
Price, now 30, had posed for mobile phone photos with his victim's body after the frenzied attack.
A police source said at the time: "I've never seen such graphic pictures of a murder."
The killer was jailed for a minimum of 15 years in 2008, with even his father saying “he's just a monster. I have no excuses for him. I know myself that he's a scary boy, especially when he's full of the drugs.”
But now Price is travelling unaccompanied between Barlinnie jail and Cawder Golf Club in Bishopbriggs, near Glasgow, where he’s working as a groundskeeper.
His victim’s mum Ann Burgess, 60, told The Sun: “My son deserves better. I don’t think it’s right.
“He shouldn’t be allowed back in public. It’s not even been 15 years since he killed my son.
“I knew it was coming but I didn’t know it was coming this early. What happened to my Scott never goes away.
"My son is with me every day.”
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Price was 19 when hatched a booze-fuelled plot to kill Scott because he believed he had made remarks about his friends.
Along with two accomplices, he forced his way into Scott's flat, and locked the door before going berserk with the knife.
The attack was so frenzied that Price managed to stab himself in the arm. Photos taken by the killers show Price with blood on his clothes, hands and face and even in his hair.
In a bid to destroy any evidence the killers threw Scott’s body face-down into a bathtub and filled it with water and bleach.
Price was only caught because he bragged to his dad about the murder, saying “I done a guy in. I stabbed him about 60 times and I stabbed myself as well”.
But today he’s described as a changed man. One family member said: “Stephen’s work placement is about integration.
“He is in the community to see how they can handle it and to progress hopefully from there.
“He’s going through a process and is on the last leg of that.
“He is a changed, changed boy — he has behaved very well to my knowledge.”
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