Victim's mum returns to fight parole

GEOFF DOBSON
Last updated 16:34 22/11/2013

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A convicted killer jailed for life for murder, and serving preventive detention for rape and kidnapping, faces the prospect of full release after nearly 17 years in prison.

But in a bid to keep Hayden Joseph Taylor of Helensville behind bars or at least subject to tough restrictions, victim Nicola Rankin's mum Carol is arriving from overseas especially for the December 9 Parole Board hearing in Wellington.

Another of Taylor's victims, who survived, also expects to be there.

Taylor was on bail for an attack on the surviving victim when in September 1996 he took a pregnant Nicola Rankin, 18, from Matua Rd in Huapai, near the police station, killed her and buried her in Riverhead Forest.

Her grave is now in West Auckland's Waikumete Cemetery. But Carol Rankin will not have a chance to visit it on this trip as she is flying directly in and out of Wellington within days.

For the past six years she has been fighting to keep Taylor locked up, returning from overseas on most occasions. She has been advised that Taylor has in the past year been working weekdays outside of prison and has had a number of home visits.

''I will be asking that he not be released back to the Helensville or Kumeu area if he is allowed out,'' Rankin says.

''I dislike the idea of him driving past the place where he harassed Nicola.''

She has never forgiven Taylor and says she has to live with his actions daily.

''It feels like yesterday, even though it's been 17 years,'' she said.

''I lost everything - we had a comfortable home and happy kids. People don't realise how much you lose financially in such situations.''

Rankin said she would never return to Kumeu to live, although she might come back to New Zealand.

''We got restless and can't settle. We've been out of the country six years and travel around in a caravan.''

Rankin said police and others have been very supportive.

She says she has been assured that if Taylor is released he will be monitored.

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