Palmerston North's notorious rates-day robber remains behind bars after the Parole Board decided he was not ready for freedom.
The decision was welcomed by the woman who slapped away a gun held to her head by Winston James Shane Young.
"He has done a lot of damage and I think he needs to stay in there," Sharleen Strawbridge told the Manawatu Standard yesterday.
Young is more than two-thirds through a nine-year, 10-month prison term for the 2006 robbery of the Palmerston North City Council, and separate domestic violence offending.
About $42,000 of stolen funds has never been found after Young held up two customer service workers, Ms Strawbridge and Julie-Ann Robinson, on the final day of rates payments.
When Young stepped from behind a door and held a gun to Ms Strawbridge's head, she twice took a swipe at it. Young brought the gun back to her head and told her to calm down.
In a decision released to the Standard, the Parole Board said "there is considerable work for Mr Young to undertake before he would be safe to release into the community".
It continued: "Untreated, he remains an undue risk and parole must be declined. We firmly endorse the proposal that he engage in one-on-one counselling as soon as it can be available."
The board said that, "for whatever reason", Young had not undertaken any rehabilitation programmes while in prison.
According to a psychologist's report, he did not think he was a risk and was frustrated that he could not participate in a special treatment unit rehabilitation programme.
When released, Young will have support from an unnamed party, who will provide him with accommodation and work.
His legal representative at the parole hearing said this support and the amount of time he had served so far showed he was eligible and ready for release. But the board disagreed and would see Young again next year.
Ms Strawbridge said she was considering writing to the board to express her desire that Young stay in jail.
"I'm rapt that he's not getting out. I think it's too soon and I think he's been there often enough to have learned from it," she said.
Young has what the Parole Board said was a "disturbing history" of 64 convictions, including 17 for violence.
He was convicted of aggravated robbery in 1988 after he held up the Wellington City Council with a firearm.
Ms Strawbridge said she still could not sleep properly at night because of the robbery. ACC would not fund counselling, she said.
Ms Strawbridge now works at Medlab and referees rugby league.
At Young's 2009 trial, the man alleged to have worked with him, Kenneth Craig Woods, was acquitted.
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