Killer who knifed teen to death is back on streets after 12 years behind bars

A killer locked up for knifing a 16-year-old to death is walking the streets after serving 12 years in prison, it has been reported.

Shane Boyd was sentenced to life after he was found guilty of the murder of Conor Black in 2008.

He attacked the teen with a full can of beer and smashed it into his head before stabbing Conor in the back as he tried to get away.

Because Boyd was also 16 at the time, Judge Clement Goldstone handed down a life sentence but with a minimum term of 11 years.

The family were horrified when friends told them they believe they spotted Boyd recently near the scene of the murder in Moston.

They reported the alleged sighting to Her Majesty’s Prison Probation Service and it is understood he has been granted Release on Temporary Licence (ROTL) several times in recent months.

The HMPPS apologised to the family for not being given prior warning.

At the time, Boyd pleaded guilty to manslaughter but denied murder claiming he acted in self-defence.

The court heard that Boyd had bragged of his attack in front of onlookers, throwing his hands up into the air and shouting “I’m the man”.

Conor, a former pupil of North Manchester High School for Boys, collapsed on a grass verge outside a house in Moston and died.

However, a jury saw through his lies and convicted him following a trial in 2009.

During sentencing, Judge Goldstone said the killing was “truly wicked and shows you in the true colours of a coward”.

His family, who were present in court throughout, say Judge Goldstone told Boyd his minimum term would have been 22 years if he had been an adult.

Conor’s relatives, who have asked not to be identified due to fear of reprisals, say pals believe they saw Boyd ‘chilling’ in a car near to the scene of the murder last month.

“Urgent action” to rectify the miscommunication with Conor’s family has since been taken, the MEN understands.

It is understood a Parole Board hearing to consider Boyd’s fitness for full release could take place before the end of the year.

Conor’s family are furious at the lack of communication while grappling with the idea that Boyd could be back on the streets for good.

A family member told Manchester Evening News: “We knew it was coming [Boyd’s release].

“We were expecting it [eventually], but obviously we feel frightened, he’s made previous threats.

“The lack of communication from the Prison Service has been the issue – how did they not know he was coming out?”

If Boyd is released before the end of the year, he will be a free man before turning 30.

One of Conor relatives said: “It’s not enough for taking a life. Especially because we don’t believe he has been rehabilitated.”

Boyd is understood to have spent his first seven years in a juvenile facility before being moved to an adult prison.

At the start of his sentence at Ashfield Young Offenders Institution near Bristol he was posting pictures on Facebook using an illicit mobile phone behind bars.

In 2012, he was caught doing the same thing under the name “Ben Smtih”.

In 2017, Boyd began an “intense” love affair with a prison officer at Strangeways.

Kiah Andrusjak, 25, fell for then 24-year-old Boyd while he was on mop duty.

They exchanged hundreds of texts before she was caught trying to smuggle cigarettes and keepsake photographs for him.

Andrusjak was jailed for eight years by a judge who told her the “betrayal of trust” was serious and that crimes like hers “undermined public confidence”.

A member of Conor’s family said: “We don’t feel Boyd has shown any signs of remorse or rehabilitation.

“We think he’s kept his head down in the last three or four years to make sure he gets released.

“We still see him as the remorseless killer he always was. He’s going to kill again – he thinks he’s invincible.”

Conor’s family are still picking up the pieces, 13 years after his murder.

He was an only child, and his mum is terrified of running into Boyd at the shops if he gets released.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice said: “We understand the distress prisoners being released on temporary licence can cause victims and their families, but it is an important part of rehabilitation which can help to prevent reoffending.

“All such offenders are carefully risk assessed and face return to closed prison if they do not obey strict conditions.”