'Beast' long way from rehab

Last updated 15:55 08/07/2014

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Serial sex offender Stewart Murray Wilson has made ''incremental steps'' in addressing his offending but is a long way from rehabilitation, the Parole Board has found.

Wilson, who is often referred to as the Beast of Blenheim for his long-list of crimes including rape and child abuse, met with the board in Whanganui Prison last week and was denied parole.

In the full decision released today, the board noted Wilson had indicated he wished to return to the house that had been provided to him on the grounds of the prison following his release in 2012.

He was recalled to prison in February last year after contacting a person he had been ordered not to.

A reintegration plan prepared by the Corrections Department was presented to the board, who were told of Wilson's engagement with a psychologist.

Wilson said it was the first time in his long time in prison that he had agreed to be interviewed.

His lawyer said Wilson had made incremental progress but it nevertheless amounted to genuine engagement and opened the door to further work.

A safety plan had been developed with the psychologist and along with the reintegration plan was sufficient to manage Wilson's return to the community, he argued.

Wilson told the board he knew that he would need to engage more and acknowledged that he needed to ''get into the harder issues'' with the psychologist.

''He also acknowledged to some extent that he has wronged people in the past and it is necessary for him to put things right. He is learning how to do things differently in the future.''

Despite this, the board decided they were not satisfied Wilson could be safely returned to the community and that ''much more work needs to be done''.

It recommended a joint meeting between Whanganui Prison, Wilson's case manager, his psychologist and probation be held before he was seen again in October.

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- The Dominion Post

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