'Manipulative' killer Paul Bailey denied parole

NICOLE MATHEWSON
Last updated 13:14 13/05/2014
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TRAGIC LOSS: Owaka schoolgirl Kylie Smith, 15, was killed by Paul Bailey in 1991.

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A man who raped and murdered an Otago teenager in 1991 will remain in jail for at least two more years, the parole board has ruled.

Paul Bailey, 49, has spent 22 years in prison after being convicted of the rape and murder of Owaka schoolgirl Kylie Smith.

In a report released today, the board declined to give Bailey parole, and postponed his next possible hearing for two years to allow him to complete rehabilitation programmes.

Justice Marion Frater said the board met with Bailey's victims last month and noted their continued opposition to his release.

''They pointed to the manipulative behaviour leading to his index offending and expressed concern that he would continue to display those traits in treatment.''

Kylie's father, Bevan Smith, was a vocal campaigner for victims of crime but died on Christmas Day 2011 at the age of 60.

Bailey was due to complete the Kia Marama programme for child sex offenders in June next year, and would then participate in the graduates' group. The board said completing the full programme ''could take some time'' and noted there were a number of issues requiring further attention.

A psychological report given to the board said Bailey understood the factors that led to his offending, but he struggled to express emotions and found it difficult to appreciate the impact of his offending. 

''He also minimised his previous and ongoing high level of sexual preoccupation and deviant fantasy, which is another treatment target,'' the report said.

The board wanted to be reassured Bailey had completed rehabilitation before he began any reintegration activities, such as Release to Work.

''While there is no doubt that Mr Bailey has made important progress in the past year, given his history and the horrendous nature of his offending we queried whether the programme he is currently undertaking adequately addresses all aspects of his offending, in particular the violent and coercive behaviour and attitudes which led him to murder his victim.''

The board said the two-year postponement order did not mean he was likely to be released at his next parole hearing, due before the end of April 2016.

PAUL BAILEY TIMELINE

1989-90: raped a 12-year-old girl in Ettrick, Central Otago.

1991: Attempted rape, granted bail.

November 1, 1991: Raped and murdered Kylie Smith.

November 2, 1991: Arrested.

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February 1992: Sentenced to life imprisonment.

June 2005: Sentenced to three years' jail for 1989-90 rape.

2001-2010: Parole repeatedly declined, Bailey waives rights.

May 7, 2013: Appears for the first time in years; parole declined.

May 13, 2014: Parole declined and the next hearing postponed to April 2016.

- The Press

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