Killer denied parole

Last updated 11:55 08/01/2014

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A woman serving a life sentence for the murder of a South Auckland man has been denied parole.

Daniella Kohuroa Bowman, 31, was jailed for life after she and two others murdered Raymond Mullins at a Papatoetoe factory where he lived in 1999.

Bowman's co-accused, sisters Natalie Fenton, aged 15 at the time, and Katrina Fenton, then aged 19, were also found guilty of murder.

Bowman has been on a release-to-work programme while she is serving her prison sentence and was initially given a release date of November 25, 2013 by the parole board.

But the board revoked its decision because it found she had fabricated facts about her job and supported accommodation.

"Ms Bowman's approach to the resignation from her job, and some of her subsequent behaviour, reflects a lack of maturity that is to be expected of someone who entered prison at a young age and has had no chance to grow up in the community," the decision read.

"A prisoner has a limited ability to practice good decision making in prison. It takes practice to learn to make good decisions, to accept help from others in making those decisions and to take full responsibility once those decisions are made."

The board found that Bowman would only be able to "fully develop these skills" once she is able to live in a supported way back in the community.

At her initial parole hearing on November 6, Bowman advised the board she would be able to take a month off work to enable her to settle into her parole commitments.

However, a week later, the parole board found that before her hearing, Bowman's request for time off had been declined.

Bowman had subsequently resigned from her job without informing the board and as a result her accommodation and support on her release from prison was withdrawn.

The board noted that Bowman was in prison for "an extremely serious crime".

"She has spent most of her adult life in prison and, as noted in previous decisions, her release into the community will present significant challenges," the decision read.

The board found that Bowman's behaviour raised issues about her ability to make good decisions when things got stressful in the community, to be open and honest with her supporters and to use those supporters to assist her in learning to live successfully outside prison.

She will reappear before the board in February.

Bowman's co-accused, Natalie Fenton, was declined parole last month because of her inconsistent behaviour in prison.

 Their other co-accused, Katrina Fenton was granted parole in 2012.

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All three were jailed for life after Natalie Fenton stabbed Mullins repeatedly with a steak knife. Bowman and Katrina Fenton hit him with heavy objects.

After the killing, they claimed they were fending off Mullins' sexual advances when he died.

- Stuff

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