Inquest into mother's murder set to resume

The inquest into the death of a woman who was murdered by a sex attacker who was "too dangerous" to be released will resume today.

The hearing into the death of mother-of-one Naomi Bryant, 40, takes place almost five years since she was strangled and stabbed to death by Anthony Rice, 48, at her home.

He was on licence at a probation the Elderfield hostel in Otterbourne, Winchester, Hampshire, when he killed Ms Bryant after they met in the city.

Rice had been freed nine months before and a critical report by Chief Inspector of Probation Andrew Bridges in 2006 found that there were "substantial deficiencies" in supervision by probation and other officials in Hampshire.

He concluded that officials were side-tracked by considering Rice's human rights above their duty to the public.

Rice had previous convictions for indecent assault and rape and had been given a 10-year minimum term at the Old Bailey in 1989 for attempted rape.

Two parole requests were refused before he was released in November 2004, having served nearly 16 years.

The Parole Board concluded he presented only a "minimal risk".

The report said the 2001 decision by the board to move him to an open prison, created a "momentum towards release".

When the decision to free him was made the board "gave insufficient weight to the underlying nature of his risk of harm to others".

Rice was then put under the supervision of the Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements MAPPA - designed to manage violent offenders in England and Wales.

Four months before Ms Bryant's murder, he slipped out of his hostel at night and assaulted a woman with a brick in Southampton.

Rice was given a life sentence at Winchester Crown Court for the murder in October 2005 with a minimum term of 25 years imposed.

The jury inquest is due to last three weeks and will take place at Winchester Crown Court.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Day In a Page

War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable
Living with Alzheimer's: What is it really like to be diagnosed with early-onset dementia?

What is it like to live with Alzheimer's?

Depicting early-onset Alzheimer's, the film 'Still Alice' had a profound effect on Joy Watson, who lives with the illness. She tells Kate Hilpern how she's coped with the diagnosis
The Internet of Things: Meet the British salesman who gave real-world items a virtual life

Setting in motion the Internet of Things

British salesman Kevin Ashton gave real-world items a virtual life
Election 2015: Latest polling reveals Tories and Labour on course to win the same number of seats - with the SNP holding the balance of power

Election 2015: A dead heat between Mr Bean and Dick Dastardly!

Lord Ashcroft reveals latest polling – and which character voters associate with each leader
Audiences queue up for 'true stories told live' as cult competition The Moth goes global

Cult competition The Moth goes global

The non-profit 'slam storytelling' competition was founded in 1997 by the novelist George Dawes Green and has seen Malcolm Gladwell, Salman Rushdie and Molly Ringwald all take their turn at the mic
Pakistani women come out fighting: A hard-hitting play focuses on female Muslim boxers

Pakistani women come out fighting

Hard-hitting new play 'No Guts, No Heart, No Glory' focuses on female Muslim boxers
Leonora Carrington transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star

Surreal deal: Leonora Carrington

The artist transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star
LGBT History Month: Pupils discuss topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage

Education: LGBT History Month

Pupils have been discussing topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage
11 best gel eyeliners

Go bold this season: 11 best gel eyeliners

Use an ink pot eyeliner to go bold on the eyes with this season's feline flicked winged liner
Cricket World Cup 2015: Tournament runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

Cricket World Cup runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

The tournament has reached its halfway mark and scores of 300 and amazing catches abound. One thing never changes, though – everyone loves beating England
Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Heptathlete ready to jump at first major title

Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Ready to jump at first major title

After her 2014 was ruined by injury, 21-year-old Briton is leading pentathlete going into this week’s European Indoors. Now she intends to turn form into gold
Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot