Parole reversal 'a shock' to Kuka

SIOBHAN DOWNES
Last updated 12:00 14/04/2014

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The mother of Rotorua 3-year-old Nia Glassie, who was killed in 2007, has had two misconducts and issues with mood management since her parole was revoked, the Parole Board says.

Lisa Kuka, 40, was jailed on February 4, 2009, for the manslaughter of her daughter.

She was set to be released this month, but the Parole Board reversed its decision to grant her parole after an application by the Corrections Department.

Kuka attended a parole hearing on April 4.

In the board's decision released today, it said the revocation "came as a shock" to Kuka and there had been two misconducts.

While they were not at the most serious end of the scale, they were of concern, the board said.

Also of concern was a report from the prison about Kuka's mood management since the revocation.

The reason Kuka had her parole revoked related to problems with the accommodation for her release, the board said.

Community probation had not been fully informed of the circumstances at the residence or the number of occupants.

There needed to be further time spent in understanding Kuka's particular needs, in support networks and in building relationships including with whanau, the board said.

As things stood, it was not satisfied in terms of risk.

"We acknowledge that this represents a significant setback for Ms Kuka but we believe she does need to take time to re-establish her release proposals and to become refocused."

The board said it would see Kuka again in September.

Nia died in August 2007 after extensive abuse. Kuka's partner, Wiremu Curtis, 19, and his brother Michael, 22, were found guilty of murder in November 2008.

Kuka was found guilty of manslaughter, failing to obtain medical treatment for the toddler, and failing to protect her.

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