Opposition to Wilson's move 'hypocritical'
Fri, 17 Aug 2012 6:20p.m.
By Adam Ray
A human rights lawyer says the Whanganui community's anger over a serial sex offender being released to a house near its prison is hypocritical.
The only other offender to live in a similar situation after release was a notorious paedophile, some of whose victims were in the Whanganui area, so he was sent to Christchurch.
Christchurch Men's Prison has had a guest for years living outside the prison walls, but on its land. He's Lloyd MacIntosh, a paedophile who committed his crimes while a teenager in the Manawatu-Whanganui region in the early 1990s.
That's led a lawyer to question Whanganui's opposition to having Stewart Murray Wilson, serial sex offender, live similarly just outside Whanganui's prison walls.
"It seems somewhat strange that Whanganui is perfectly happy to have him go from its area to be paroled into Christchurch or Canterbury, yet they don't want to have the same thing happen the other way around," says Michael Bott.
MacIntosh is now almost 40. His restrictions have slowly been relaxed and he's not known to have reoffended.
"Well he's been there for a while, no concerns about him going astray, so suppose its under control," says neighbour Paul Whitfield.
Whanganui's mayor says her community isn't being hypocritical.
"We're not saying that our offenders should be sent to other places and other people's offender shouldn't be sent here," says Annette Main. "This particular case has been hoisted on us at short notice and we simply are reacting to the community's concerns."
Those concerns saw the council last night push for a judicial review of the decision and re-examine the resource consent for Wilson's house, yet to be moved to a site just outside the local prison.
Corrections initially said Whanganui was one of the few regions suitable for Wilson because none of his victims live here, but it's since emerged that the Hawke's Bay and Taranaki were also on the short list for Wilson's release.
But Corrections chief Ray Smith wouldn't discuss this shortlist, despite requests from councillors.
"I can't release that information because it identifies victim locations," says Mr Smith.
The council is also supporting a community campaign of shunning Wilson and seeking trespass notices against him. Mr Bott says this will lead to acts of vigilantism.
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19/08/2012 4:14:41 a.m.
Kevin M wrote:
Should move in with Bennett,there both sick.
18/08/2012 5:58:14 p.m.
An wanted must live within the prison walls with an unsuite accomadation as freedom granted by the law with television, and can only esscorted outside the prison gate within the prison law and regulation..
18/08/2012 10:23:00 a.m.
Why can't we just have real life sentances for people like this. If he was in the USA he would never see the outside world again
18/08/2012 2:49:21 a.m.
Someone or someones family member in that hall will kill someone drink driving, then they will be out in 4 years... no question asked. today ill take it to live in this great world we have.
18/08/2012 1:41:43 a.m.
Objective reporting as usual 3 News... The anger isn't Hypociritical (low) it's hypercitical (excessive). Though it's not like journalists to care about insignificant things like the meaning of words.
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