Mangels to have parole hearing next month
JOHN EDENS IN QUEENSTOWN
The Parole Board yesterday confirmed its first parole hearing for the man convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering an Arrowtown woman more than 25 years ago.
Jarrod Allan Mangels, 40, was sentenced in 2004 when a DNA match in an unrelated crime linked him to the murder of Maureen McKinnel.
She was 38 and Mangels 15 when she was strangled on or about Boxing Day in 1987 in her parents' holiday home.
Her naked body was dumped over the Arrow River bridge on to a riverbank.
Mangels' first parole hearing, during which the victim's family get their first chance to address the board, has been set down for the week beginning March 11.
Parole Board manager Alistair Spierling said Mangels was sentenced on April 6, 2004, to a minimum non-parole term of 10 years. He served 378 days on remand and was eligible for parole next month, although this was no guarantee of release.
A board hearing could be stressful for victims and the paramount consideration was the safety of the community, he said.
"The board's role in giving 'due weight' to the views of victims is one we take very seriously.
"Through the hearings process the board will ensure victims have the opportunity to receive information about, and provide input to the board's considerations of an offender's case - if they wish to do so."
Mr Spierling said victims were written to about 16 weeks before a hearing and told the offender would be considered for parole.
Victims can make written or oral submissions, or both, and can request specific information from the Department of Corrections. "It is the same as any other case; whether or not to grant parole. Parole will only be granted if the board is satisfied that the offender no longer poses an undue risk to the safety of the community."
Whether the offender engaged with counselling or other prison services would be covered in an assessment report for the board.
When Ms McKinnel's sunburned body was discovered a few days after the murder, police launched an inquiry which at its height involved more than 70 investigators.
More than 500 people, including Mangels, were interviewed but it was not until DNA profiling improved that a match was found.
His profile was stored in a database after he provided a sample when arrested for disorderly behaviour in Nelson in 2003.
DNA recovered from under Ms McKinnel's fingernails was found to be four billion times more likely to be Mangels than that of any other unrelated male.
- The Southland Times