Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Two conflicting stories on Burton's parole recall

Simon Power MP
National Party Justice & Corrections Spokesman

29 November 2007

Two conflicting stories on Burton's parole recall

There appear to be two conflicting stories coming from the Corrections Department over events surrounding the Graeme Burton parole disaster, says National's Justice & Corrections spokesman, Simon Power.

"Yesterday, community probation general manager Katrina Casey told the Coroner's hearing into the killing of Karl Kuchenbecker that if Burton had been recalled from parole earlier it was possible Mr Kuchenbecker would still be alive.

"This differs markedly from what CEO Barry Matthews said in a press release on March 6 this year.

"He said: 'The Department's investigation into the management of Graeme Burton ... has found that Corrections policies and processes were followed ... Some things could have been done faster. However, I don't believe this had any impact on the final outcome. Overall his parole was well managed.'

"Katrina Casey said action should have been taken on December 13 after Burton failed to report, but was delayed because his probation officer was on holiday: 'As of the 13th, we should have thrown the book at him. We had a very convincing case. We should have taken enforcement action a week earlier. In effect we lost a week.'

"They had more than enough warnings to recall him, but they ignored them.

"Police told his probation officer on November 25 that he had delivered 'fearsome beatings' while on parole, and that he had firearms and a knife and they feared 'there will be one punch too many, resulting in murder/death/kill'.

"Despite this and a detective's alert that armed police had searched his home for firearms on 30 November and found that he'd cleared out, probation staff waited till December 22 before seeking his arrest.

"They hid behind some twisted logic that they could not act without sufficient evidence.

"Their version of sufficient evidence obviously differed wildly from everyone else's.

"Also revealed yesterday, but not in Corrections' report, was the fact that Burton's probation officer had been assigned too many high-risk offenders for one person to manage.

"These are vital pieces of the jigsaw but for some reason Corrections chose not to include them in their report. They need to explain these inconsistencies - or is this just another example of them covering their backs."

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Reaction

Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced

 

Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>

ALSO:


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election