Killer sisters denied parole

Last updated 05:00 01/03/2012

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Two sisters, one of whom is thought to be one of the youngest convicted killers in the country, have been denied parole over the vicious killing of an Auckland man.

Natalie Fenton was just 15 when she, along with her elder sister Katrina, 20, and cousin Daniella Bowman, 18, murdered Raymond Mullins in South Auckland in 1999.

The trio were denied parole earlier this month.

Natalie Fenton stabbed Mullins repeatedly with steak knives at a factory in Papatoetoe where he lived and worked and also hit him over the head with heavy objects.

Fenton, who had worked as a prostitute and was sexually abused from the age of eight, met Mullins when she was just 12 and entered into a sexual relationship with him.

The trio claimed they were fending off his advances when he died, but the Crown said they were trying to get money from him.

They wrapped his body in a sheet and left it in the boot of his car and scrawled BFL, which stands for Bloods for life, on the walls in an attempt to throw blame on to a rival street gang.

Natalie Fenton did not seek release when she appeared before the Parole Board earlier this month.

She was unable to provide a urine sample for random drug testing and due to the breach had her security classification upgraded from minimum to low/medium.

Katrina Fenton and Bowman appeared before the board two weeks later and were also denied parole.

The parole board was concerned by a drug use incident in mid-December where Katrina Fenton took a puff of cannabis.

She told the board she stopped immediately when she realised the implications, a claim supported by drug tests, but the board was concerned she would be unable to resist the drug if it was offered to her again.

The parole board noted Bowman had been caught with prohibited items including a cigarette lighter and displayed passive/aggressive attitudes towards staff.

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