Sunday, 7 June 2009

NHS pays for cosmetic surgery for 'road rage' killer Tracie Andrews

EXCLUSIVE by Justin Penrose, Crime Correspondent 6/06/2009

Jailed murderer's chin job costs the taxpayer £5,000

Road rage killer Tracie Andrews was let out of jail for four days – for thousands of pounds worth of cosmetic surgery.

Andrews, 40, tasted freedom when she had an operation to realign her protruding jaw and improve her looks.

News of the surgery and hospital stay has infuriated her victim’s family. The treatment would have cost the NHS about £5,000.

The killer – jailed for life for stabbing fiancé Lee Harvey to death then claiming he was killed by a road rage attacker – was taken by taxi to Royal Surrey Hospital in Guildford on Tuesday.

Two days later she was spotted outside in a wheelchair. As our exclusive photos show, her once-blonde hair is now red and she has piled on the pounds.

She was with a prison officer but he used a mobile phone and walked 100 yards away from Andrews – who was not handcuffed – leaving her for about six minutes.

Andrews had the three-hour op to break and reset her lower jaw on Wednesday.

Next day she was wheeled to a surgeon at the unit who examined her for 20 minutes. She was then taken in to the car park while the prison warder answered his phone. She was staying in a private room at the hospital under the name Stacey Carter.

Andrews, who now calls herself Tia Carter and could be eligible for release in 2011, repeatedly stabbed 25-year-old Lee to death in his car in December 1996. They had stopped after an argument on the way to their flat in Worcester.

After his death she concocted a story that he had been murdered by a road rage maniac. Her moving appeal at a Press conference triggered a massive manhunt.

But it soon became obvious there was no “staring-eyed fat man” – it was Andrews who cut her fiancé’s throat and stabbed him 37 times.

She used a penknife believed to have been in the glove compartment of Mr Harvey’s car.

She was sentenced to a minimum of 14 years but has already started the process of being moved to an open prison.

The Sunday Mirror revealed last month that she has won a parole hearing that could downgrade her security status.

Lee Harvey’s mum Maureen said last night: “I am outraged that cosmetic surgery has been arranged for her.

“She might be able to change her looks to disguise herself but she will never be able to change the way she is inside. She is evil.”

A prison source said: “Questions have been asked as to why she has been allowed to have so much taxpayers’ cash to make her look better.

“She may be nearing release but that does not mean she should be allowed cosmetic surgery on the NHS.”

justin.penrose@sundaymirror.co.uk
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