Fears notorious criminal John Gillies will be released without rehabilitation

John Gillies in Wellington District Court in 2013.

John Gillies in Wellington District Court in 2013.

Notorious cop-stabber John Gillies has been denied parole after failing to show any interest in completing rehabilitative programmes and there is a fear he will be released without any rehabilitation.

Gillies, 44, was jailed for five years and three months in August 2013 after pleading to charges of injuring two men in a house at Waimarama, Hastings, and to a charge of injuring a prison guard while in prison on remand.

Gillies gained infamy in 1993 when he stabbed a Gisborne policeman Nigel Hendrikse in the neck, permanently disabling him earning himself 12 years in jail.

Former police officer Nigel Hendrikse who was stabbed by John Gillies in Gisborne in 1993. Hendrikse was permanently ...

Former police officer Nigel Hendrikse who was stabbed by John Gillies in Gisborne in 1993. Hendrikse was permanently disabled.

He also hit the headlines in 2000 as one of four inmates who were awarded $325,000 in compensation after being beaten in prison.

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He went back to prison for seven years for assaulting two police officers in 2005.

John Wharemako Gillies at the time he stabbed police officer Nigel Hendrikse in 1993.
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John Wharemako Gillies at the time he stabbed police officer Nigel Hendrikse in 1993.

He was also known for having "Mongrel Mob Forever" tattooed on his left cheek which was later removed after $4500 of taxpayer-funded laser surgery.

Gillies appeared before the parole board on November 9. In a decision released on Wednesday the board said Gillies had waived his appearance before the board but gave no reasons.

The board noted that Gillies had "a formidable offending history and has served many prison sentences" and he had a high risk of reoffending.

He had not undertaken any significant treatment while serving his present sentence and there was concern that he may reach the end of his sentence in August next year without any effective rehabilitative interventions.

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A number of attempts had been made to get him into the Special Treatment Unit Rehabilitation Programme "but for various reasons that has not proceeded" and "we note that currently Mr Gillies is not showing any interest in that programme".

The board noted that Gillies expressed an interest in moving to another, unidentified, location to make a fresh start and "there is merit in any plan which increases the prospects of Mr Gillies returning to the community without the negative influence of past criminal associations. However his request to be transferred has been declined although we are unclear of the reasons".

There were clearly risks and Gillies could not be granted parole, but the board encouraged Corrections to look at further options for programmes for him.

"After a long history of offending every effort should be made to reduce teh risk of his relapse and re-offending on his release," it said.

He would appear back before the board no later than June next year.

 - Stuff

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