Violent Beast Who Strangled A Teenager Is Due To Be Deported Back To The UK Free To Start A New Life

In 2004, 19-year-old Rebecca Ryle was strangled to death by British man James Duggan in Perth, Australia, he has now been released from prison and is awaiting deportation back to the UK.

James Duggan
James Duggan strangled Rebecca Ryle to death in Perth, Australia in 2004

A man from England who brutally strangled a woman to death after a night out 18 years ago is due to be deported back to the UK and be released as a free man, ready to start a new life in his home country.

in 2006 James Duggan was jailed for the murder of 19-year-old Rebecca Ryle, who he met in a pub in Perth, Australia in 2004, Duggan was also 19 at the time of the murder.

The British man, who emigrated to Australia, had offered to walk Rebecca back home, but instead, he strangled her for more than three minutes in a park close to her house.

A few hours later, police made the grim discovery of Rebecca's body, which was naked from the waist down, left in a field just metres from her home.

Duggan, originally from Liverpool, England, was refused parole in 2019, however, the killer has now been released from prison and is set to fly back to the UK where he will be able to "start afresh".

Rebecca's brother, Andy, said to the Liverpool Echo: "It's not an exaggeration to say that the loss of Rebecca destroyed our family. Our lives were utterly shattered, where so much happiness had once been.

Murder of Rebecca Ryle
Rebecca's body was left half naked in a field just metres from her home

"We had come to Australia to start a new life, and within six months, it had been completely decimated. It had really gone from our dream life to a nightmare.

"There's no way of knowing the extent of the damage that the trauma has caused us and still continues to do so. "The kind of effects that such a heinous and destructive crime has on your mental health is often overwhelming - especially when it's clear that the person responsible continues to show no remorse or motive, nearly 20 years after the act."

When questioned about how they felt after finding out that James Duggan had been released from prison, Andy said:

"Anger, sadness, anxiety, fury. The worst emotions possible really, and all the energy that has to be spent going through them.

"I find some small comfort in knowing this man will never set foot in Australia ever again, and my parents can rest easy knowing that they'll never have to bump into him in the street.

"However, I find it horrific that the alternative is that the British public is subjected to him and that he can start afresh.

"I hope that by writing this, at least some people are made aware that this monster will be around. He doesn't deserve the opportunity to start again. He stole a life."

In 2019 the parole board carried out a review of Duggan's case, the Attorney General refused to release him due to his poor behaviour in prison and frequent substance abuse.

The Attorney General said: "Given the serious nature of the offence, Mr Duggan's poor prison behaviour, uncertainty around the level of professional support that he would receive in England, lack of acknowledgment of wrongdoing, and apparent lack of remorse, I am not convinced Mr Duggan's release to parole is appropriate at this time."

But after a new review in September 2021, James Duggan was recommended for release with two years on parole, after it was said that he had engaged with treatment.

In June 2021, a senior forensic psychologist submitted a report claiming that Duggan had "engaged in a considerable amount of treatment" but added he had a "moderate risk of violent reoffending".

Murder scene of Rebecca Ryle
The field in which the body or 19-year-old Rebecca Ryle was discovered

A report compiled by the community corrections officer dated July 19, 2021, said Duggan "imparted remorse and regret towards the offence as well as acknowledging the victim".

On March 11, 2022, almost 18 years after strangling Rebecca Ryle to death, James Duggan was released from prison.

Duggan never offered a full explanation as to why he murdered Rebecca after offering to walk her home.

As part of his parole, Duggan has been ordered to have no direct or indirect contact with the family of Rebecca Ryle. He is being deported back to the UK from Australia and must comply with any restrictions now or in the future, made, issued, or imposed by the Federal Government or Government of Western Australia.

James Duggan is currently being held in an immigration detention centre in Australia, awaiting deportation back to the UK.

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