A KILLER who suffocated a 10-year-old schoolgirl at a Christmas party could be freed within weeks.
Evil Paul Smith was jailed for life with a minimum term of 14 years after he smothered Rosie May Storrie at a festive gathering in 2003.
The monster, who was 17 at the time of the murder, had previously attacked two other young girls, both of whom did not press charges.
He has now been granted a parole hearing in early December, almost two decades after he was put behind bars, the Mirror reports.
It means Smith could be walking the streets in time for Christmas, cruelly close to the 20th anniversary of little Rosie May's death.
The talented ballet dancer had fatefully attended a party with her family thrown by friends near their home in Leicestershire on December 28, 2003.
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Nottingham Crown Court heard how vile Smith had shown an interest in the "pretty and bubbly" 10-year-old.
He was the last person seen with her before she was found smothered in a bedroom by her devastated dad Graham.
Her mother Mary, a nurse, desperately tried to revive Rosie May and performed mouth-to-mouth, before she was rushed to hospital.
But the schoolgirl sadly passed away two days later after suffering catastrophic brain damage.
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Smith, who has Asperger’s, denied murder but was convicted by a jury in October 2004.
During his sentencing, it was revealed that the sick teen had also previously attacked two terrified girls.
On one occasion, he had threatened a 16-year-old pal with an air rifle and taped her mouth and legs before bundling her into the boot of a car.
He later released the girl before swerving away and crashing into another vehicle.
It was also revealed Smith had sickeningly attacked a 12-year-old girl.
The judge branded him "a considerable danger to young girls" when sentencing him to a minimum of 14 years.
In 2014, Smith lost an earlier appeal against his conviction.
The Parole Board has now confirmed the case is due to be heard in an oral hearing.
It’s still surreal. It has taken all these years for those memories not to be there constantly at the forefront of my mind.
Grief-stricken mum Mary previously told the Daily Mail: "It’s still surreal. It has taken all these years for those memories not to be there constantly at the forefront of my mind.
"People say time is a healer, but I don’t think it is. That gut-wrenching rawness can come back in an instant.
"But somehow you build the resilience to get you through every day."
The former nurse, 61, and husband Graham, 64, launched the Rosie May Foundation to help children across the globe.
They were holidaying in South East Asis when the horror 2004 Boxing Day tsunami hit – but miraculously survived.
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Inspired by their tragedy, the couple then raised the cash to build an orphanage for children affected by the disaster in Sri Lanka.
It was tenderly named Rosie May's Home, in dedication to their beloved daughter.
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