Dad’s fury as killer who raped and murdered teen daughter could be out of jail in weeks


Tony Jasinskyj beat, raped and strangled Marion Crofts when she was 14. He served 20 years and is now up for parole. The girl’s father Trevor said he would have liked to see the killer get a whole life order

Tony Jasinskyj is up for parole

A heartbroken dad says given the opportunity, he would like to kill the beast who murdered his daughter rather than see him freed.

Army lance corporal Tony Jasinskyj beat, raped and strangled Marion Crofts when she was 14.

He is now up for parole – and could be out of jail within weeks after serving 20 years.

Marion’s father Trevor, 84, said: “I hate Jasinskyj. Given the right opportunity and a gun, I would shoot him.

“Or if he was going to be hung, I would pull the trapdoor. I’m old and dilapidated but, while I’m still here, I don’t want him free.”

Marion was murdered as she cycled to a clarinet lesson along the Basingstoke Canal in Hampshire on June 6, 1981.

Jasinskyj, a chef in the Army Catering Corps based at nearby Aldershot, was among 20,000 potential suspects.

Marion Crofts was 14 when she was killed



Anne and Trevor Crofts outside Winchester Crown Court



He was only caught 20 years later because cops arrested him for assaulting his second wife. DNA from a mouth swab matched a sample from Ella’s Marion’s clothing, including her left sock.

Trevor said: “He’d had another life before he was caught. He should have got life there and then because he hadn’t changed.”

Jasinskyj’s trial at Winchester Crown Court heard how the killer’s blows had probably knocked Marion out early in the assault.

A one-inch groove was left in the ground beneath the teenager’s head from where Jasinskyj had stamped on her skull.

Trevor said: “It was a nice summer and the ground was hard. This hole he made from Marion’s head de ella – it was a hollow. How the hell did he do that? Now that is violence.”

Marion’s devastated mother Anne was institutionalized following the murder and died soon after the trial.

Trevor, a retired physiotherapist, said: “Marion’s mum never recovered. Jasinskyj showed no remorse, I’m appalled he’s even got a hearing.

“Compared to modern sentences his was very light.

One of the girl’s socks she was wearing when she was murdered



“And considering the type of murderer he was? That sort of violence against a child who was just riding her bike.

“I would have liked to see him get a whole life order.”

Jasinskyj, now 61, from Leicester, appealed against his conviction in 2014 but judges threw out his case after hearing the chances of the DNA evidence being flawed were around a billion to one.

Trevor, a great-grandfather, remarried and lives in Fleet, near the home he had shared with Anne, Marion and three other daughters.

He added: “I don’t think it ever goes away from anybody. You learn to live with it to a certain extent but it’s going on all the time.

“Women won’t be safe until proper sentences are imposed.”

The Parole Board said: “We can confirm the parole review of Tony Jasinskyj has been referred to the Parole Board by the Secretary of State for Justice and is following standard processes.

“Parole Board decisions are solely focused on what risk a prisoner could represent to the public if released and whether that risk is manageable in the community.

“A panel will carefully examine a huge range of evidence, including details of the original crime, and any evidence of behavioral change, as well as explore the harm done and impact on the victims.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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