Scott Watson wants to speak at mother's funeral
Double murderer Scott Watson hopes to be released from prison to speak at his mother's funeral.
The man convicted of the 1998 murders of Ben Smart and Olivia Hope has been released several times on compassionate grounds to visit his sick mother before she died, the New Zealand Herald reports.
Bev Watson's health had declined rapidly over the past few weeks.
She died on Friday after a series of strokes and was also battling leukaemia. Her funeral will be held in Christchurch on Wednesday.
Watson's father, Chris Watson, told the paper he hoped the Corrections Department would let their son speak at the funeral.
Corrections policy is not to speak on the whereabouts of prisoners, but some are let out on compassionate leave.
According to the department's website, temporary leave may be granted to prisoners to visit family or close friends who are seriously ill.
Prisoners can be allowed special dispensation to attend the funeral or tangi of a close friend or relative, and leave can be granted for the birth of a prisoner's child, as well as special visits.
Watson's parents have always maintained he is innocent.