Recalled murderer 'an undue risk'
The man responsible for the rape and murder of a young woman in Palmerston North will stay in prison for at least another six months.
Carl Liam Martinson was released last year after serving 19 years behind bars.
But he was recalled to prison earlier this year after breaching his release conditions by hanging out at two nightclubs in the early hours of the morning, putting him in a similar situation as the night he killed.
This month, Martinson met with the Parole Board in a bid to be released. This was declined and the board decided he had to develop a "robust, long-term plan" for at least the first year of his release.
"This would enable also the relationship with his [18-year-old] partner to progress," says a board report, released to the Manawatu Standard yesterday.
"At the moment Mr Martinson is an undue risk to the safety of the community with his present release plan. He will be seen again in six months time."
Board members said they were particularly concerned about Martinson's habit of frequenting nightclubs and bars in the early hours of the morning, particularly because the rape and murder of Donnell Marie Wood, 19, happened after a night out. "We are obliged to say his explanations to the board did not ring true, and were evasive," the report says.
"If we could be sure that his [release] plan over the next year was solid and he did not pose an undue risk, then we might be able to grant him parole."
Martinson's deadly attack on Miss Wood took place outside her Victoria Ave flat in May 1993.
Her naked body was found with a shirt tied around her neck.
In a prolonged attack, Martinson garrotted Miss Wood with the strap of her handbag, raped her and stomped her to death.
Martinson, then 17, claimed he blacked out and could not remember anything about the killing.
After a jury trial in 1994, he was sentenced to a minimum 13 years in prison.
In his latest meeting with the board, Martinson and his lawyer put forward a release plan. They were opposed to any GPS monitoring.
"He has a young partner . . . who provides him with support and his ultimate aim is to obtain employment in a rural area working on a farm," the report says.
The Standard is unable to report where Martinson was living before he was recalled to prison, or which prison he is in.
The board was concerned Martinson lapsed after he moved from supported accommodation to a flat, and was worried such a situation could happen again without an appropriate plan to stick to.
At an earlier parole hearing in January, Martinson described the hardships he was facing in the outside world and his struggle to get a job.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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