Monster who strangled 19-year-old woman to be sent back to UK to walk free on the streets

James Duggan strangled Rebecca Ryle to death just meters from her home in Perth, Australia when he offered to bring her back after a night of drinking in 2004

James Duggan is set to be deported back to Britain, where his victim's family say he can "start again"
James Duggan is set to be deported back to the UK, where his victim’s family say he can ‘start over’.

A Brit who strangled a woman after a night’s sleep is set to be deported back to the UK to walk the streets as a free man.

James Duggan was convicted of the 2006 murder of 19-year-old Rebecca Ryle after meeting her in a pub in Perth, Australia, when she was a teenager.

Duggan, who emigrated to Australia from Liverpool, Merseyside, had offered to escort Rebecca home on May 5, 2004 but instead choked her to death when he strangled her in a park for more than three minutes.

Rebecca’s half-naked body was discovered a few hours later by police in a field just meters from her home Liverpool Echo reports.

But now, despite being denied parole in 2019, the killer has been released from prison and is set to return to the UK where he will be free to “start anew”.

Rebecca Ryle’s body was left half-naked in a field just yards from her home when she was strangled to death after a night of drinking


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Rebecca’s brother Andy told The ECHO: “It is no exaggeration to say that the loss of Rebecca has devastated our family. Our lives have been utterly destroyed where once so much happiness had been.

“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 is no way of knowing the extent of the damage that trauma has done and is still doing to us.

“The kind of impact 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 crime.”

When asked how they felt hearing about Duggan being released from prison, Andy said: “Anger. Sadness. Fear.

“I find it a bit of comfort to know that this man will never set foot in Australia again and my parents have peace of mind knowing they will never have to meet him on the street again.

“However, I find it appalling that the alternative is for the British public to be subjugated to him and he can start over.

“I hope that by writing this, at least some people will be made aware that this monster will be around. He doesn’t deserve the opportunity to start all over again. He stole a life.”

During a 2019 parole board review of Duggan’s case, the attorney general refused to release him on charges of bad behavior in prison, a return to substance abuse and libel.

He said: “Given the seriousness of the offence, Mr Duggan’s bad behavior in prison, the uncertainty about the level of professional support he would receive in England, the lack of acknowledgment of the wrongdoing and the apparent lack of remorse, I am not convinced from Mr Duggans Parole is appropriate at this time.”

But according to a new review in September 2021, Duggan was recommended for release with two years’ probation after it was found he had been dealing with the treatment.

A report by a senior forensic psychologist in June of that year claimed Duggan had “undertaken a significant amount of treatment” but added that he was at “moderate risk of recurring violence”.

A July 19, 2021, municipal law enforcement officer’s report said Duggan “instilled remorse and regret at the crime and acknowledged the victim.”

Duggan was released from prison on March 11, 2022, nearly 18 years after he strangled Rebecca.

The convicted killer never fully explained why he turned and killed Rebecca after offering to take her home.

During the trial in Western Australia’s Supreme Court, Justice Lindy Jenkins described the crime as “bizarre” as she jailed him for at least 11 years and six months.

Justice Jenkins said the murder was every parent’s worst nightmare, adding Rebecca died “alone and humiliated”.

As part of his probation, Duggan shall have no direct or indirect contact with Rebecca’s family, be deported back to the UK from Australia and comply with all instructions and restrictions made, enacted or imposed now or in the future by the federal or Western Australian government.

Duggan is currently in an immigration detention center in Australia awaiting deportation back to the UK.

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