Murderer who hunted down and beat schoolboy to death could be free in weeks

A brutal killer who beat a teenage boy to death could be released from prison imminently.

Lee Young, who savagely beat, kicked and stamped a 15-year-old boy to death in a crime that rocked Hull, could be soon walking the city's streets once again, Hull Live reports.

Lee Conman was murdered by a gang from the Bransholme area who were out hunting for a victim on the night of September 22, 2006.

His attackers, 17-year-olds Lee Young and Leon Thomas Clarkson had roamed the streets looking for a victim from the Ings Road Estate and chanced upon Lee as he was buying cigarettes in a local store.

Lee was with just one friend, and didn't stand a chance against the violent gang called 'the Bransholmers.'

The pair set upon Lee, who collapsed at the scene and died 14 hours later from severe head injuries.

The subsequent trial at Hull Crown Court heard Young shattered Lee’s skull by hitting him over the head repeatedly with a heavy stick, he also kicked him as he lay unconscious, dying on the ground.

Both were found unanimously guilty of murder, and Clarkson, who has since apologised for his actions, has now been released.

Hull Live reported that Young, now 31, who has never apologised or shown remorse for the murder, is due for parole and could be set to return to Hull, potentially living just minutes from where his victim lived.

A letter from the Prison and Probation Service seen by Hull Live states: "I have been informed that following a recent parole review for the offender concerned that a decision has been reached by the Parole Board to recommend release from custody for this offender."

The publication stated they understand that Young has previously been refused early parole for offences inside the prison, but after serving 15 years of his life sentence he is now eligible to be freed – and that could be imminent.

News of his possible release comes on the 15th anniversary of Lee's death, which was September 23, 2006, a day after he was brutally attacked.

Hull Live understands that Young has never shown remorse, despite his co-defendant Clarkson's family getting in touch with Lee's family to express their sorrow.

Lee was brought up by his grandparents, along with sister Jessica, who was 17 when he died, after their mother abandoned them.

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Grandmother Madeline Conman did not bear a grudge against Clarkson’s mother after the family left a written four-page letter on Lee's grave expressing their condolences.

During the trial, it was heard how Young grabbed the stick from his friend and struck Lee from behind over the head repeatedly, which the prosecution say broke his skull “like an eggshell”.

A spokesman for the Parole Board said: “We can confirm that a panel of the Parole Board has directed the release of Lee Young following an oral hearing in September."

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