Prince of Darkness still in jail

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A CRIMINAL known as the “Prince of Darkness” will remain in jail after his challenge to a parole board decision to keep him behind bars crumbled before a High Court judge.

Mark Lambie, 40, was on Operation Trident’s “most wanted” list when he was jailed for 12 years at the Old Bailey in 2002 for the kidnap and torture of two men in north London.

Lambie, who was cleared of the murder of Sunderland-born PC Keith Blakelock during the 1985 Broadwater Farm riots, was released from jail on licence in 2009, but recalled after he was linked to an alleged blackmail incident in Manchester.

From his jail cell in HMP Swaleside, in Kent, Lambie launched a bid for freedom earlier this year claiming a parole board decision to keep him inside was “irrational” .

Rejecting his case for release in October last year, the parole board found he still posed “a high risk of harm to members of the public”.

Lambie, who has 42 previous convictions but is remembered for having the charge of murdering PC Blakelock dropped during his trial in 1987, applied for a judicial review of the parole board’s decision not to recommend his release.

But Lambie’s claim was provisionally refused by a judge on paper and he said he had decided to withdraw his claim this week.

Lambie, whose sentence is due to expire in 2013, was told that even without the judicial review, he will go before the parole board again before his release date.