Beast parole conditions revealed today
The so-called 'Beast of Blenheim' will learn today whether he will become the first serial sex offender tracked by global positioning technology (GPS) once freed.
Stewart Murray Wilson, 65, was jailed for 21 years in 1996, one of New Zealand's longest sentences at the time, after being convicted on 22 sex charges against women and children spanning from 1971 to 1994, including rape, stupefying or attempting to stupefy, attempted rape, bestiality, ill treatment of children, assault and indecent assault.
This afternoon, the Parole Board will announce his release conditions when he is freed from Christchurch's Rolleston Prison on September 1.
In June, Corrections Minister Anne Tolley announced tracking with GPS in ankle bracelets would be rolled out this month for 11 child sex offenders, rising to about 200 by next year to ''give peace of mind'' to the public.
She confirmed Wilson was a candidate at his imminent release.
His sentence officially ends in 2015 but the board has to release him after serving a mandatory period under old sentencing rules, despite being assessed as at high risk of reoffending.
Last month, a 10-year extended supervision order was imposed on Wilson, meaning the Corrections Department could closely monitor him until 2025, when he will be 78 years old.
The board will be able to recall him to prison if deemed an undue risk to public safety until his sentence ends in 2015.
After that, he can be recalled to prison if he breaches his extended supervision conditions.
The board said in a parole decision last year that Wilson had consistently denied responsibility for his lengthy history of sex offending and asserted his innocence.
He had had no treatment or counselling, nor any intervention to manage his risk while in prison.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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