Baby’s P mother is ‘paranoid’ she will be ‘knifed’ by her fellow inmates after a Parole Board agreed to free her within weeks.
Tracey Connelly, 40, is said to be ‘afraid’ to venture out of her cell after the Parole Board’s decision cast a fresh spotlight on the horrific case of her baby son’s death.
It comes as in an astonishing twist, Connelly’s cancer-stricken mother revealed her dying wish is for own her daughter to stay behind bars for life.
Mary O’Connor, 72, said her daughter ‘should not be (allowed) out (of prison)’, despite the Parole Board’s decision to grant her freedom.
Connelly was jailed in 2008 for the death of her son Peter Connelly, the 17-month-old, who came to be known in reports as Baby P.
He was found dead in his home in north London in August 2007 after having sustained 50 injuries, including a snapped spine and eight broken ribs, over the course of eight months.
That was despite being on the at-risk register and receiving 60 visits from social workers in Haringey Council, police and health professionals over the final eight months of his life.
Also found guilty at the hands of his death were Connelly’s lover, Steven Barker and his brother Jason Owen.
Connelly had been imprisoned indefinitely with a minimum term of five years in 2009 for causing or allowing her son’s death.
She was released in 2013 but recalled in 2015 for breaching her life licence. She is currently serving in a prison in the north-west of England.
But last week, more than seven years after she was recalled to jail, the board found she does not pose a risk to the public, and could therefore be free within weeks.
Tracey Connelly (pictured), 40, is said to be ‘afraid’ to venture out of her cell after the Parole Board’s decision cast a fresh spotlight on the horrific case of her baby son’s death.
Connelly was jailed in 2008 for the death of her son Peter Connelly (pictured), the 17-month-old, who came to be known in reports as Baby P
A source told the Mirror: ‘Tracey Connelly is paranoid that she will be attacked in the wake of the Parole Board’s decision.
‘The publicity around her parole has provoked renewed anger towards her in the prison. She is a marked woman again after keeping her head down for years.
‘Tracey believes she will be knifed and is almost afraid to venture out of her cell.’
Meanwhile, Connelly’s mother Mary O’Connor today said her daughter will ‘not have changed’ and urged that she remains behind bars.
The 72-year-old, who is suffering from cancer, told The Sun: ‘She needs to be in jail for life, she shouldn’t be out.
‘She won’t have changed. To let her out for what she did? You have to be joking.’
Justice Secretary Dominic Raab is now the only person who can stop her release, by launching an appeal against the Parole Board’s decision.
Speaking about the possibility of an appeal, Ms O’Connor, of North London, told the paper: ‘I’d love to go up to him and say, “Don’t let her out’. She’s a b****. Peter died because of her.’
It comes as a former prisoner who served time with Connelly HMP Low Newton in Durham City said no one could ever get close enough to harm her.
Julie McAllister, who spent time with Connelly in prison, said her claims of fear are an attempt to get a new identity after her release.
The 44-year-old, from Newcastle, also revealed how she struggled to control her own rage when she watched Connelly laugh and joke during a prison reading group session.
Ms McAllister, from Kenton, said: ‘It’s absolute rubbish that people would try to attack her. No one would get a chance. She’s a very manipulative woman.
‘There’s no chance of anybody being able to get to her. She’s very manipulative, and that’s what she’s doing now.’
Ms McAllister says Connelly and other women convicted of serious crimes against children are kept segregated in a different ring from other inmates at HMP Low Newton.
And she says it is a constant source of anger that the most evil prisoners live in the best conditions.
Ms McAllister (pictured) says Connelly and other women convicted of serious crimes against children are kept segregated in a different ring from other inmates at HMP Low Newton
‘You never even see them,’ she said. ‘She’s in F-Wing, it’s self-contained flats. They are all in for murders or harming children. One left her baby to die.
‘People talk about them, but no one can get near them. They get the best conditions, but they have committed the worst crimes. They have their own flats with showers and carpets. If you kill kids you are laughing it seems.’
Ms McAllister, who once punched serial child killer Rose West in the face in the prison’s dining hall, was released from her most recent sentence at Low Newton just two weeks ago.
During a previous spell in jail she once came face-to-face with Connelly when they both joined the prison’s reading group.
And she describes how she and other inmates watched in anger as controlling Connelly laughed and joked and shouted orders at others.
‘She’s an evil woman. I’m a mam myself and to think of what she’s done is horrific,’ said Ms McAllister.
She said: ‘I have seen how she manipulates people. I signed up for a reading group and she decided to come. She’s fat with thick hair, she’s very very loud and very manipulative.
Connelly’s parole hearing – her fourth since being recalled to prison – took place on March 15 and 16 via video. The Parole Board approved her release and it is thought she will be freed in the coming weeks
‘She was dictating to other prisoners. She would just look at a book and say ‘get me that book’. She was treating people like puppets.
‘She was laughing her head off and I just thought; ‘How can you have done something like that to a baby and be laughing?’
‘If I had ever hurt a baby I wouldn’t be able to laugh for the rest of my life. Seeing her laughing just made me mad. I had to stop myself from jumping over the table.’
‘But you have to be nice to her in prison because you don’t want to lose your privileges.’
Baby P’s death and the missed opportunities to prevent it left the nation horrified.
Despite 60 visits, social workers never attempted to remove Peter from his mother’s care.
Connelly was convicted of causing or allowing the death of Peter in 2009 and handed an indefinite prison sentence with a minimum of five years.
She was released in 2013, but recalled to jail in 2015 after breaching the terms of her licence by selling naked pictures of herself.
Connelly’s parole hearing – her fourth since being recalled to prison – took place on March 15 and 16 via video.
The Parole Board approved her release and it is thought she will be freed in the coming weeks.
A report on the parole hearing said: ‘At the time of her offending, risk factors had included Ms Connelly not managing certain aspects of her personality, entering into relationships quickly, prioritising those relationships above anything else, thinking about sex a lot and using sex to help her feel better about herself.
‘The panel also considered risk factors to include Ms Connelly’s inability to control extreme emotions, her way of life, her decision making, her low self-esteem, manipulative behaviour, dishonesty, a lack of victim empathy and her difficulties in coping with feelings of anger.’
The report concluded: ‘After considering the circumstances of her offending and time on licence, progress made in custody, evidence presented at the hearing and the recommendations of witnesses, the panel was satisfied Ms Connelly was suitable for release.’
Connelly’s partner Steven Barker, who was cleared of murder but convicted of causing Baby P’s death, is still serving a life term.
His brother, Jason Owen got a minimum three years but returned to jail briefly in 2013 after a parole breach. He is believed to be living under a new identity.