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Beast of Blenheim legal case adjourned

DAVID CLARKSON
Last updated 10:20 20/08/2012
Stewart Murray Wilson
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'BEAST OF BLENHEIM': Stewart Murray Wilson.

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A legal challenge by the sex offender dubbed the "Beast of Blenheim" into his stringent release terms has been adjourned.

Stewart Murray Wilson's fight for a judicial review of the Parole Board's conditions on his release began in Christchurch's High Court this morning.

However, the court has adjourned the case until a date early next week. It will be heard in Wellington.

The Whanganui District Council was also at this morning's hearing. It intends to mount its own challenge and will file papers tomorrow in a bid to join next week's proceedings.

Wilson, 65, is due to be released next week, on August 29, at the end of his long jail term imposed in 1996 for offending against women and girls over a long period.

He is due to be released to accommodation near Whanganui Prison under electronic GPS monitoring. Whanganui was chosen because it is one of the few places in the country where none of Wilson's victims live.

A High Court hearing has already imposed the maximum 10-year extended supervision order on Wilson after his release.

The Parole Board's conditions include not leaving the Whanganui district, not associating with anyone under 16 unless an approved adult over 20 years was present, not having any female at his address, having no contact with his victims, completing a reintegration programme, attending sessions with a department psychologist to develop a safety plan, not engaging in any employment without approval, not possessing any electronic device capable of accessing the internet, not joining any clubs, groups, associations or churches unless approved, not placing any advertisements in any publications or responding to any such advertisement by another person, not owning or driving a vehicle, not possessing or consuming alcohol or illicit drugs, and not attending any addiction support groups.

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