Man who beat his partner to death declined parole
A man who isolated his partner from her family, wrote her improvement lists, then beat her to death has been declined an early release from prison.
Jesse John Stuart Ferris-Bromley, 25, had his first appearance before the Parole Board in February.
He is serving seven years and 10 months' jail for the manslaughter of Virginia Ford in Palmerston North on March 13, 2015.
Ford was 20 years old and had moved to Palmerston North with Ferris-Bromley to study science.
Ferris-Bromley was a controlling and violent presence in their relationship, writing her lists about how she could improve herself, such as: "Tell Jesse the truth not what I think he wants to hear or what I want him to believe" and "think about what Jesse says".
He assaulted her multiple times in the leadup to the day she died, breaking a rib and causing bleeding on her brain.
The last assault sparked from an argument about dinner.
Ferris-Bromley left Ford unconscious and bleeding, only calling an ambulance when she stopped breathing.
Medical experts found she could have been saved if he called for help immediately.
Ferris-Bromley told ambulance staff he assaulted her.
He was initially charged with murder, but that was dropped and he pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
The Parole Board met with Ford's family before hearing from Ferris-Bromley.
"They are struggling with grief issues, understandably, following the appalling violence inflicted on [Ford]," the board said.
The family wanted Ferris-Bromley to serve his entire sentence and hoped he would do all rehabilitation possible to make sure he did not reoffend in a similar way, the board said.
Ferris-Bromley has had no problems in prison, and has stayed drug and alcohol-free.
He has been studying behind bars, completing a bachelor of arts, majoring in mathematics, and starting a graduate diploma in linguistics, and was scheduled to start a medium-intensity rehabilitation programme in February.
His long-term plan was to become a linguistics or maths teacher or tutor, with the board saying he could use those skills to help others while in prison.
Ferris-Bromley will next appear before the board in February 2020.