Rapist's daughter wants to visit dad in jail

CATHIE BELL
Last updated 07:01 14/01/2014
Coral Wilson
Derek Flynn

Back in Blenheim: Coral Wilson, daughter of convicted multiple rapist Stewart Murray Wilson, is back living in Blenheim and wants to visit her father in prison

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The daughter of multiple convicted sex offender Stewart Murray Wilson plans to visit her father after speaking with him for the first time in 19 years.

Coral Wilson, now living in Blenheim again, told the Marlborough Express that Wilson had contacted her while she was sick in Wairau Hospital during New Year.

Her grandmother, who lives in Temuka, South Canterbury, had told him she was unwell and he had called and been put through to Miss Wilson in the ward.

"I was in tears. It was the first time we had spoken in 19 years.

"He said he was going to give me money. I said OK, that's good."

Miss Wilson said her father had asked for photos of her, and said he knew everything that had happened to her growing up.

"He wants to take action.

"He said sorry to me. At last, realised what he's done."

Wilson was convicted in 1996 of multiple rape and sexual assault charges.

His offending was brought to light after a television reporter told police about a neglected child living at the property who was eating from a dog bowl. That child was Miss Wilson, and Wilson was convicted of child neglect. He was not convicted of any sexual charges against her.

Wilson has been in prison since 1996, first in Christchurch, and now in Wanganui after being paroled and then recalled to prison for breaching parole conditions.

Miss Wilson said she intended to visit her father, and started the journey to Wanganui last week to try to see him. However, because she was not on an approved visitor list, she could not get in, and instead turned back for home. She said she would try again. Even a five minute-long visit would be enough for her at the moment, she said.

Since the phone call, other members of Wilson's family had been in touch with her and she seemed to be open to that increased contact after bad experiences last year with some members of her mother's family.

"I legally changed my name. I'm going to change it back to Coral Wilson now that I'm in touch with dad and his family."

She said she did have memories of living with Wilson, and "some of the memories are good ones".

"I know what he did and I'm like, there's been worse people than him. I don't think anyone in this town would be ready, but I'm ready. Nineteen years have passed. I'm not young anymore.

"He says I have seven other brothers and sisters out there."

Whanganui Prison prison manager Reti Pearse said that the Department of Corrections could confirm that Mr Wilson's daughter was not an approved visitor and until she was she would not be entering the prison.

Mr Pearse said to the department's knowledge, none of Mr Wilson's other children have made contact with him or are on any approval list to visit.

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- The Marlborough Express

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