Hitman who murdered mum-of-two demands IVF treatment in cell to become a dad

Mum of Aaron Newman’s victim called for the killer to be ‘castrated’ after he insisted he has the right to conceive

A hitman serving life for murdering a young mum is demanding IVF treatment from his cell so he can become a father.

Aaron Newman, 28, wants to be allowed to get his girlfriend pregnant.

But last night the mother of the mum-of-two he killed said: “He should be castrated.”

Newman, serving 31 years for shooting Hayley Pointon, insisted: “I should have the right to conceive a child.”

He is trying to be awarded NHS treatment which could cost taxpayers up to £8,000 and has been denied to thousands of law-abiding couples.

Astonishingly, ten other prisoners have been allowed fertilisation treatment from behind bars.

And murderer Kirk Dickson and his wife Lorraine won damages in 2007 after judges ruled it was wrong for jail authorities to deny the couple IVF under European law guaranteeing a right to family life.

But yesterday Kerry Pointon, the distraught mum of Newman’s victim, told the Sunday People: “Why should he have kids when Hayley’s children are being brought up without their mum?

“He lost his rights to fatherhood when he murdered my daughter. It’s ridiculous. He needs to be castrated.”

Newman was hired as a hitman to gun down Hayley’s on-off boyfriend Nigel Barwell in Hinckley, Leics, six years ago.

But he and accomplice Aaron Power, 29, bungled the murder attempt and shot Hayley in the chest as Mr Barwell ran into the house.

She died before paramedics arrived.

Both hitmen blamed each other and denied murder.

Leicester crown court was told it would never be known who fired the shot.

Both men were found guilty after a two-month trial in 2015 and were caged for life with a minimum 31 years.

Now Newman has revealed his IVF plan in an open letter to prison bosses in inmates’ magazine Inside Time.

From his cell at HMP Full Sutton, near York, he wrote: “As a lifer in the dispersal system who has no children, I should have the right to conceive a child by natural or artificial means.”

Hayley’s mum Kerry, a retired shop assistant, is aghast at the plan.

She and husband Alan, 60, now look after Hayley’s daughter Lacy, 13.

Kerry told us: “He won’t be much of a dad because he won’t be around. What’s he going to teach his child? Morals?

“You can’t say he would be a loving father. I wanted Newman to be in prison knowing he can’t savour the things you get on the outside, like having children and enjoying family life.

“That’s what keeps me going, knowing they are suffering in prison.

“We’re the ones with the life sentence, not them. Hayley’s children have the life sentence. He’ll be out one day.”

She added: “There’s not a day goes by when we don’t think about Hayley.

“Mother’s Day, Christmas, birthdays – every day is tough. We just try to get through it as best as we can.

“I hate them for what they did. They took my daughter away from all of us. Lacy keeps us going. She’s the reason why we get up in the morning.”

Meanwhile, Newman’s mum Wendy Hayward, 60, said she supported his plans with his unnamed girlfriend.

From her home in Coventry she said: “I can understand it. I’ve got five grandkids and he loves to see them. We don’t take the youngest one, and I think Aaron feels that because he thinks that she’s never going to remember him.

“I often send photos in and he loves to talk to them.

“I can see where he’s coming from when he says he wants to be a father.”

Wendy said of Newman’s girlfriend: “She still goes to see him.

“She’s always been supportive, and she still is. She says she always will be.”

Wendy insisted they were still trying to lodge an appeal against the murder conviction.

She said: “We are trying to find evidence to prove that he is innocent. But it’s not easy and it costs money.

“He shouldn’t be where he is and he shouldn’t be denied his right to be a dad. There were a lot of lies during the case.

“On the day that he was due to give evidence, somebody set fire to my car and the house nearly went up.

“It was clearly to warn Aaron. And he’s in prison now because he refused to say anything.”

Newman will be hoping to emulate the success of killer Dickson, now 46, and wife Lorraine, 61.

The couple wed in prison after becoming penpals when Lorraine was serving time for benefit fraud.

Dickson was found guilty of murder in 1995 after kicking to death a man in Chapel St Leonard’s, Lincs.

The couple were refused IVF treament by the then-Home Secretary David Blunkett.

But they got £18,000 in damages and costs after the European Court of Human Rights ruled the British government had violated their right to have a child.

The ruling is in sharp contrast to the rights of women who have never broken the law.

NHS guidelines say IVF should be offered to women until age 42. But around 80 per cent of areas are failing to do so.

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists blames inadequate government funding.

It said it was very concerned that women and their partners are turning to costly private clinics for treatment.

Campaign group Fertility Fairness’ says 30 NHS commissioning groups have slashed fertility services in the last two years.

Yesterday the Ministry of Justice would not discuss Newman’s case.

A spokesman said prisoners, if successful, were required to meet the costs of IVF or a bid could be made to the National Health Service if they had insufficient funds.

Only ten have been granted permission since 1965.

The spokesman added: “The small number of prisoners requesting access to IVF are subject to a strict assessment including the risk they pose and their relationship with their partner and permission is given extremely rarely.

“All additional costs for treatment are met by the prisoner.”

It is understood Newman has not yet submitted a formal request.