'Beast' wanted to go to opera

Last updated 10:57 07/01/2013
Stewart Murray Wilson
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Sexual predator Stewart Murray Wilson has asked to attend the Whanganui Opera and midnight mass but the Parole Board says it's too risky.

In a written decision released today, the Parole Board rejected attempts by Wilson to loosen the conditions of his parole, including the right to ride a scooter.

Wilson, dubbed "the Beast of Blenheim", appeared before the board for a progress hearing at Whanganui Prison last month, where he submitted that his parole condition were too onerous.

He said he was affectively under house arrest and was only allowed three hours a day away from his house accompanied by his "minders", the decision said.

"He wants to be able to engage in a greater variety of activities," the parole board said.

"His requests [were] to attend a concert at the Whanganui Opera House, and midnight mass."

However, the board rejected the submissions and said given the early stage of Wilson's reintegration into the community and his history of sexual offending "risks cannot be taken".

Submissions that he be allowed to ride a scooter and go shopping for clothes were also rejected.

Wilson was sentenced to 21 years in prison in 1996 for serious sexual assault of women and girls. He was also sentenced for stupefying and bestiality.

He was released on parole in August last year, with strict conditions controlling his movements and association with the public, particularly children.

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