By Joe Middleton For Mailonline
Published: 14:00 BST, 8 September 2020 | Updated: 14:46 BST, 8 September 2020
A husband who murdered his wife 34 years ago and refused to reveal how he disposed of her body is to be released from prison.
Russell Causley was jailed for life for killing Carole Packman in 1985. The crime occurred a year after he moved his lover into their home in Bournemouth, Dorset.
The Parole Board found that while the 78-year-old's refusal to reveal the whereabouts of her remains was 'heartless', it did not increase his risk to the public.
A summary of its decision, published on Tuesday, said: 'The panel took into account the fact that whilst Mr Causley had given various imprecise accounts of how he had disposed of his victim's body, he had never revealed the location of his victim's remains.
Russell Causley (middle) is pictured with Carole Packman (left) and daughter Sam Gillingham (right)
Ms Gillingham (left), who was 16 when her mother (right) was murdered
'This had caused continuing anguish to his family. The panel concluded that this showed a lack of remorse and victim empathy and that he was a habitual liar.
'However, whilst heartless, the panel concluded that this lack of openness and honesty did not significantly affect the risk that he would cause serious harm in the community which was ultimately the test that must be applied.'
Legislation is currently going through Parliament that would deny parole to killers who refused to reveal the whereabouts of their victim's body.
Veronica Packman disappeared from her family home in Bournemouth in 1985.
Her daughter Sam Gillingham, then 16, came home from school to find a note, supposedly from her mother, along with her wedding ring.
The letter said that she was leaving their family.
The year before, Causley moved his lover Patricia Causley into the house and later changed his surname to hers.
It wasn't until 10 years later, when Causley was jailed for two years for trying to fake his death in a boating accident that he was found guilty of her murder.
He allegedly made a jail cell confession, telling of the 'perfect' murder of his 'b**** wife'.
Police reopened their investigation into his wife's disappearance.
Causley was convicted of murder in 1996, but it was quashed in 2003.
In 2004, he was found guilty at a retrial after his sister said she had heard him admit the killing.
Now aged 78, he was the first killer in British legal history to be found guilty without his victim's body ever being found.
The judgment was quashed by the Court of Appeal