Watson attends mother's funeral
Double murderer Scott Watson attended his mother's funeral in Christchurch this morning under strict Department of Corrections conditions.
Watson appeared to have been taken into the Westpark Chapel in Burnside through a back entrance before the service for Beverly Watson, 64, started at 10am today.
Watson was not a pallbearer and did not join mourners on the front steps after the service.
Beverly Watson died in Christchurch on Friday after a two-month battle with leukaemia.
Scott Watson, who had Department of Corrections guards attend the service with him, spoke in tribute to his mother alongside his brother, Tom, and sister, Sandy. This included a poem.
Watson was convicted of the 1998 murders of Ben Smart and Olivia Hope.
Beverly Watson's former boss, Jules Terry, told the Fairfax Media Watson had visited his mother in hospital.
Terry said Beverly Watson never gave up trying to prove her son's innocence.
A hearing was held on Tuesday to determine if Watson would be granted compassionate leave to attend the funeral.
Justice Fogarty's oral judgement granted Watson leave to attend the funeral under the following conditions:
- Prisoner to remain under the direct supervision of the two escorting officers at all times.
- Strict security to be maintained at all times.
- The prison van shall travel directly to and from the Westpark Chapel, Wairakei Rd.
- No unauthorised stops, visits or phone calls during escort.
- Handcuffs are not to be applied to the prisoner whilst in a single cage in the prison van.
- Handcuffs are to be carried and used at the discretion of the escorting officer.
- Notwithstanding that previous condition, Watson will be handcuffed when being moved from the prison van to the side door and otherwise at the discretion of the escorting officers.
-Watson shall not converse with the public, other than family members, when viewing his mother's body in the private/quiet room.
- The term converse was not intended to stop Mr Watson speaking formally with his brother and sister, and reading a poem, to the congregation at the funeral.