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Parole Board Confirms Wilson’s Release in Three Weeks Time


Parole Board Confirms Wilson’s Release in Three Weeks Time

The Department of Corrections welcomes the decision of the Parole Board to set special conditions around the release of Stewart Murray Wilson in three weeks time.

His registered victims and local stakeholders have been advised of these special conditions this morning.

“This offender must by law be released at the end of the month and the conditions imposed by the Board are the most stringent ever laid against the release of a parolee into our community,” says Corrections Chief Executive, Ray Smith.

“The release plan Mr Wilson presented was not acceptable to us which is why we have developed this plan.”

This is a result of months of work between Police, other Government agencies and ourselves.

“We’ve gone as far as sending people to London to establish the GPS offender tracking system ahead of his release.

“We’ve also worked very closely with Police to map where his victims are, to ensure his placement reduces any risk to them.

“He will be living in a small stand alone old state house transported to the grounds of Whanganui Prison outside the secure fence. The Whanganui region is one of the few places in the country where he has no registered victims.
“He will have no close neighbours and he will be monitored by GPS tracking technology.

The period of his parole will be three years and he is recallable to prison if he presents any undue risk to the safety of others.

For the following 10 years he will be subject to an Extended Supervision Order which will have special conditions attached to it. These conditions will be determined by the Parole Board before the three year parole period ends.

“I’m aware that the placing of this high profile offender within the community will be stressful for many, but Corrections, the Parole Board and Police are working to minimise the risks associated with his release.”

o He can’t move addresses without our approval.

o The board will review his progress in three months.

o When he leaves the property he must be accompanied by two people from his reintegration team.

o He can’t leave Whanganui District and he can’t associate unsupervised with anyone under 16.

o No females can be at his home without prior approval.

o He can’t have contact with victims.

o He must attend sessions with our psychologist, be part of a reintegration programme, and he can’t work.

o He can’t have unsupervised use of the internet, he can only be in clubs or churches if accompanied and he can’t use alcohol or drugs.

o He can’t own or drive a vehicle.

o His location will be monitored by GPS and if he leaves in breach of conditions, Corrections Officers from inside the prison can intervene.

o He can be recalled to Prison if he shows an increased risk to the community.

Probation services will be monitoring the community’s reaction closely and is ready to respond to the heightened sense of unease that community members will undoubtedly face when they learn of this offender’s presence within their community.

“We are doing all we can to ensure public safety while recognising that this offender must be released,” says Mr Smith.

ENDS

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