His solicitor, John Turner, said that Massey’s release was “long overdue”, adding: “I am absolutely thrilled for John and his relatives, whom I have worked closely with for a number of years.
“John comes from an extremely tight-knit family, who have supported him throughout his many years in prison.”
He said that Massey now posed no danger to the public, adding: “The test for release focuses, in traditional terms, on the risk to life and limb.
“I have always argued that John does not pose such a risk. I hope that lessons have been learnt from what is indisputably a very sad case.”
Massey will now have to live at a halfway house in London as part of his parole conditions.