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I was kidnapped by a killer who planned to rape and murder me – he has been sentenced to THREE life sentences but may be free soon

A WOMAN kidnapped by a killer who plotted to rape and murder her and sentenced to THREE life sentences may soon be free.

Debbie Vangerko was just 17 when drug addict Nicholas Burton kidnapped her in 1997 and threatened her with a knife for 11 hours.

Debbie Vangerko was kidnapped by her attacker and held at gunpoint for eleven hours

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Debbie Vangerko was kidnapped by her attacker and held at gunpoint for eleven hoursPhoto credit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
Nicholar Burton, now 51, is being prepared for release despite serving three life sentences

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Nicholar Burton, now 51, is being prepared for release despite serving three life sentencesPhoto credit: Greater Manchester Police

Hours earlier, the deranged addict had stabbed Rachel McGrath – the 27-year-old daughter of a district judge – in a random attack in a Cheshire pub car park.

Debbie – who had no ties to Burton – was kidnapped on a nearby road and survived thanks to a pit stop at a petrol station in Caernarfon, North Wales, where she managed to escape.

Burton further admitted that he planned to rape and murder Debbie and find a third victim.

Despite the horror of his crimes, Debbie was told by parole officers that her insane kidnapper was being prepared for release.

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In her first interview since the horror ordeal, she criticized the parole board, which is currently the focus of a government review, saying it was “not fit for purpose,” according to the Daily Mail.

She said it was time the rights of victims took precedence over those of criminals.

Burton was convicted in April 1998 of the murder of Miss McGrath and false imprisonment and threats to kill Debbie. He was sentenced to three life terms.

Judge Morland then described him as a “highly dangerous man who will indefinitely endanger the lives of women” and his crimes as so heinous “it is unlikely that any Home Secretary will ever authorize your release”.

Debbie and Miss McGrath’s family later discovered that Burton’s minimum 25-year sentence expired earlier this year after serving time before his trial.

The 43-year-old survivor said she was “terrified” of Burton’s release.

A tearful Debbie said: “I thought he was never going to come out.

“There is no deterrence. These monsters should not be let out. They will be cleared away, but then let out in a few years.

“There is no real justice. Let him rot and this country will be a safer place.”

https://www.the-sun.com/news/5999637/kidnapping-victims-horror-attacker-freed-from-jail/ I was kidnapped by a killer who planned to rape and murder me – he has been sentenced to THREE life sentences but may be free soon

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