Cardno killer denied parole

PAUL DALLY: Karla Cardno's murderer.
PAUL DALLY: Karla Cardno's murderer.

The man who raped and tortured schoolgirl Karla Cardno before burying her alive has had another bid for parole declined.

Paul Joseph Dally, 53, who has spent 24 years in jail for the killing, went before the Parole Board yesterday.

A board spokeswoman said Dally was denied parole because he remained "an undue risk to the safety of the community".

Karla Cardno
Karla Cardno

Dally kidnapped 13-year-old Karla in May 1989 as she cycled to her Lower Hutt home. He raped and tortured her in his nearby home, watching from the window as her frantic family searched outside.

Later he drove to the Pencarrow coast, south of Eastbourne, where he smashed her skull with a piece of driftwood and buried her alive, with her hands bound. Her body was found several weeks later.

After the killing, her stepfather, Mark Middleton, campaigned for tougher sentences. He received a nine-month suspended sentence for threatening to kill Dally.

In February last year, Dally tried for parole and was turned down.

Panel convener Justice Warwick Gendall said then that a psychological report suggested Dally was "motivated" to attend and complete a child sex offender treatment programme. In the past, he had refused treatment.

"Time will tell whether such motivation is genuine," Justice Gendall said.

"Mr Dally remains a high-risk offender and poses an undue risk to the safety of the community.

"He is a long way off being eligible for release on parole and it is out of the question at present."

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