'Wilson should stay in jail'

ANNA PEARSON
Last updated 13:00 27/08/2012
Stewart Murray Wilson
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'BEAST OF BLENHEIM': Stewart Murray Wilson.

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Serial sex offender Stewart Murray Wilson has no soul and should never be released from prison, says a woman in Nelson who fell into his trap in the late 1990s.

Wilson, dubbed the Beast of Blenheim, was imprisoned in 1996 for sex offences committed against women and girls.

The 65-year-old is being released into monitored accommodation near Whanganui Prison this week.

The news of Wilson's release has caused significant anxiety in the Whanganui community and for his victims, including a woman who has lived in Nelson for about a year.

The woman, who cannot be named, said she initially feared he might return to Blenheim "to get his stuff".

"When I heard he was coming out, I came over here - mainly because there's a good therapist here," she said.

The woman, who has changed her name, said the four years she was caught up in Wilson's web left her with self-destructive tendencies.

She felt let down by people who she went to for help when it was happening about 20 years ago. They thought that what she was telling them was “too far fetched”.

"Blenheim was a very closed, particularly church-oriented place at that time. He got away with it because of a lack of action. It's quite horrible and I don't think I will ever, ever get over it, but I have got a good counsellor here."

The woman said she believed Wilson would find a way to re-offend, even with "something attached to his ankle".

"He may be on prison grounds, but he will find a way. I wouldn't like him near my granddaughter. He's very, very dangerous. You look at his eyes, he has no soul - they're dead. Every time I see his face, I just die inside," she said.

"He shouldn't be in Whanganui. He will hurt their children, women and dogs. People don't seem to understand that even if he doesn't physically get someone, he draws them in mentally and emotionally."

The woman said she wouldn't be surprised if the gangs in Whanganui "deal to him" and "as a Christian, I shouldn't say it - but I don't care".

Prime Minister John Key said the Government would keep Wilson in prison if it could, but it didn't have the legislation to keep high-risk dangerous offenders in prison indefinitely.

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- The Nelson Mail

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