Killer applies to move prisons

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RELATIVES of a murdered South Yorkshire pensioner have spoken of their shock that her killer wants to be moved to an open prison.

Steven Broadbent, now aged 38, was jailed for life in 1995 for bludgeoning and strangling 66-year-old Rita Mitchell in her home on Belmont Avenue, Smithies.

But Broadbent has written to prison chiefs from his cell asking to be moved to an open prison.

He has told prison bosses he has now served his minimum jail term and is eligible to go before a parole board.

He wants to move elsewhere.

Rita’s sister Valerie Blagden said: “It was a brutal murder. When I saw my sister’s face afterwards I went backwards in shock.

“He did such a good job I didn’t recognise her.”