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American killer who strangled 14-year-old girl freed on condition he lives in Britain now walking our streets

Mirror logo Mirror 27/02/2017 Steve Robson

An American killer who strangled a 14-year-old girl was freed on the condition he lives in Britain.

And Dempsey Hawkins, who was deemed too dangerous to be set free by prison bosses in New York for almost 40 years, is now walking our streets.

Hawkins was just 16 when he murdered Susan Jacobsen in 1976 after she broke up with him.

He lured her to a hidden bunker in Staten Island before throttling her.

Cynical Hawkins did not admit to what he'd done, even joining search parties organised by Susan's family when she was reported missing.

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Her body was eventually found two years later and Hawkins was found guilty of murder following a trial.

Hawkins has been denied parole multiple times since he first became eligible in 2000.

Although he had glowing reports of good behaviour inside, prison bosses were concerned by his manipulative actions following the crime.

But last year his legal team hit on a compromise.

Hawkins, 57, was granted parole on the condition he was deported back to England, where he was born.

A criminologist at Cambridge University has vouched for him and last month Hawkins arrived at Heathrow where he was given a British passport.

After decades in jail, Hawkins told the New York Times he now wants to get a job.

"I'm in a dream state right now,” he said.

Meanwhile, the family of Susan Jacobson were unhappy at his release.

Her sister Barbara Reno told the Times: "We don’t feel it’s fair he’s being released, but we are happy he’s deported and not here."

According to the Sun, Hawkins, who was born in London, is now working in a Mexican restaurant.

Barbara told The Sun: "I think he’s very capable of killing again."

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