Convicted rapist, murderer to be re-released

The man who savagely raped and killed a young Palmerston North woman will be working with a fellow paroled inmate when he is re-released from prison this week.

Carl Liam Martinson was released in 2012 after serving 19 years behind bars for the rape and murder of Donnell Marie Wood in 1993.

After spending a night out, Martinson attacked Wood outside her Victoria Ave flat in Palmerston North.

He garrotted her 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. He was sentenced to a minimum 13 years in prison after a jury trial in 1994.

After his release in 2012, Martinson was sent back in prison last year after breaching his release conditions by going to two nightclubs.

He will be re-released from prison on Wednesday after the Parole Board found he would not pose an undue risk to the community.

A board decision, released to the Manawatu Standard today, says Martinson will work on a remote farm with someone he met while in prison.

That person is on parole until 2016.

Martinson initially suggested being re-released to the address he went to when first let out of prison on parole, but then brought the farm proposal to the board.

But the farm, which Martinson worked on as part of a Release to Work programme, had to be checked to see if it was appropriate for his release.

While the house he will live in is suitable for his release, his work on the farm meant GPS monitoring was not an option.

At a previous meeting with the board, Martinson had his lawyer oppose any GPS monitoring.

However, he agreed with probation services' suggestion he be restricted to staying home overnight.

''Community Probation deems both the address and the employment on [the farm] form as suitable for Mr Martinson,'' the report said.

''They say that the farm has been a very pro-social environment.''

The report says Martinson's lack of a driver licence, combined with the remote location of his flat, provided ''another practical limitation'' to him getting into trouble.

Martinson's partner remains supportive of him, but they will not live together.

''On the basis of their very positive report, we are satisfied that Mr Martinson will not pose an undue risk to the safety of the community if released to this address subject to partial residential restrictions and the other special conditions we will impose.''

Martinson must continue to stay away from all licensed premises, apart from supermarkets, until 2019.

He must also stay out of Palmerston North unless given approval.

The location of the farm, Martinson's flat, and people who work with him when he is released cannot be reported.

Manawatu Standard