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Last updated 14:39 19/02/2013
Paul Dally
PAUL DALLY: Karla Cardno's murderer.
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Karla Cardno

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The murderer who raped and tortured Karla Cardno before burying her alive ''is still a long way off being eligible for release''.

In a decision released this afternoon, the Parole Board said Paul Dally remained a high-risk offender who poses a risk to public safety.

Dally waived his right to appear at a parole hearing earlier this month, where his release was declined.

Panel convenor Justice Gendall said a psychological report suggested the murderer was ''motivated'' to attend and complete a child sex offender treatment programme.

In the past Dally had refused treatment because he was not charged or convicted of any sex offences.''Time will tell whether such motivation is genuine,'' Justice Gendall said.

''Mr Dally remains a high risk offender and poses an undue risk to the safety of the community.

''He is a long way off being eligible for release on parole and it is out of the question at present.''

Dally kidnapped 13-year-old Karla in May 1989 as she cycled to her Lower Hutt home. He raped and tortured her in his nearby home, watching from the window as her frantic family searched outside.

Later he drove to the Pencarrow coast, south of Eastbourne, where he smashed her skull with a piece of driftwood and buried her alive, with her hands bound. Her body was found several weeks later.

After her death, her stepfather, Mark Middleton, campaigned for tougher sentences. He also received a nine-month suspended sentence for threatening to kill Dally.

Dally is scheduled to reappear before the board in the next 12 months.

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