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Stewart Murray Wilson transferred

News Release
For Immediate Release 25 August 2012

Stewart Murray Wilson transferred

From Brendan Anstiss, General Manager, Corrections Services

The Department of Corrections is continuing to follow the direction of the New Zealand Parole Board to place prisoner Stewart Murray Wilson back into the community.

As part of this process he has been moved to Whanganui Prison to prepare for his release next week as part of a routine transfer of prisoners.

The Parole Board has directed that he be placed into the grounds of Whanganui Prison where he will have to conform to a number of special conditions confirmed by the Board and monitored by Corrections.

This location is one of the few places in the country where he has no registered victims, is far away from any urban centres, not too close to neighbours and yet close enough to Corrections staff who can assist with monitoring his release conditions.

“I am aware that this is a stressful time for the community in this region and I would like to thank them for their understanding while we place this high profile offender back into society,” says Brendan Anstiss, General Manager, Corrections Services.

“My staff and I have met with the Mayor, Councillors, stakeholders, iwi, the public and neighbours to explain our plan for this offender. We believe this plan gives us the best chance of ensuring the community’s safety as well as allowing this offender’s gradual reintegration into the community.” “It should also be noted that the Department will respond to any further direction on this matter following the High Court Judicial Review.”

No further comment on this is expected to be made by us today.


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