'Too soon' for killer to be released on parole

BELINDA FEEK
Last updated 14:17 13/08/2014

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A Hamilton man who murdered his girlfriend in a jealous rage 12 years ago has been declined parole.

However, the parole board found that Daniel Sokoleti Viliami, a former storeman, has been doing well in prison but needed "careful graduated reintegration steps before he would not be an undue risk to the safety of the community".

Viliami was 25-years-old when he bashed the head of his girlfriend, Cheyanne Teo Marama Rongonui, against a concrete wall at least twice in a fit of rage in August 2002 after believing that she had cheated on him.

Rongonui died of severe brain injury in hospital.

Viliami was eligible for parole on September 2, 2012 and since then had been put in self care units and transferred to a prison closer to his family.

He has been approved for release to work but as yet no job has been found but the board was hopeful that would happen soon.

The board noted that "Viliami is well on the way to participating in reintegration activities which should include home leaves, Release to Work in the community and a number of one to one sessions with a psychologist to revise his safety plan".

"For the moment it is too soon for Mr Viliami to be released on parole." 

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