Options weighed on Blenheim 'Beast'
Sat, 14 Jul 2012 11:47a.m.
Legal action is being considered to keep the convicted rapist dubbed "the Beast of Blenheim" out of the Marlborough town.
Justice Graham Lang yesterday ruled Stuart Murray Wilson a high re-offending risk who needs extended supervision for the maximum period of 10 years. That's on top of his initial parole period of three years.
Marlborough mayor Alistair Sowman says he has checked out his legal options to see if he can stop Wilson coming back to Blenheim.
“I’m told there are very few,” he says. “Once the decision has been made, then it’s very, very hard for somebody in my position to get that changed.”
Mr Sowman says he still intends to speak out and make a fuss, in the hope the Department of Corrections will cave to public pressure.
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14/07/2012 4:27:00 p.m.
There's a number of problems here. Obviously a guy like this isn't going to be welcome anywhere. He has been assessed as a high risk potential re-offender. So what are we to do with him? We don't execute people like this, so they all have to get out of prison sooner or later, then what? Unless we are prepared to invoke life imprisonment or bring back capital punishment, we are going to have this problem.
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