Child killer refused parole

Last updated 18:39 03/07/2013
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CHILD KILLER: Peter Joseph Holdem was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Louisa Damodran.
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SHOCK KILLING: Christchurch schoolgirl Louisa Damodran was murdered by Peter Holdem in 1986.

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Peter Holdem, who abducted Christchurch girl Louisa Damodran as she walked home from school, throttled her and dumped her body in a river, has had his latest bid for freedom refused by the Parole Board.

In his mid-50s, Holdem has spent 26 years in prison after being convicted of the 1986 murder of the six-year-old.

Meeting at Spring Hill prison today, the Parole Board decided Holdem remained an undue risk to the safety of the community. It also said it was considering postponing his next parole hearing for three years.

Louisa's mother Aynsley Harwood was relieved by the decision.

"I believe that he will kill another child," she said.

"I can't bear to think about it," she told One News. "Louisa was so beautiful."

Holdem had a history of sex attacks on young children dating back to the 1970s and had only recently been freed from jail for the rape of a 10-year-old girl when he killed Louisa.

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