Rules to be set for Wilson's release
Tue, 10 Jul 2012 9:14a.m.
Parole conditions for the man dubbed the Beast of Blenheim will be set down today ahead of his release later this year.
Stewart Murray Wilson, who was jailed for 21 years in 1996 for sexual offending against women and girls, is due to be released from prison on September 1.
The 65-year-old, who was sentenced before preventive detention laws were introduced, must be released despite being assessed as being at a high risk of reoffending.
Radio New Zealand says a Parole Board hearing at Rolleston Prison today will determine the rules he must abide by upon his release. The victims of his offending will be notified of the conditions before they are released to the public.
Wilson has continued to deny his guilt, failed to co-operate with any treatment programme and has indicated a lack of motivation to comply with release conditions, including having no contact with children aged under 16.
Earlier this month he appeared via videolink at the High Court in Christchurch to argue against a Corrections Department bid for an extended 10-year supervision order to run from September 2015 when his parole conditions end.
A judge has reserved his decision.
Wilson is also expected to be one of the first offenders to be issued with an ankle bracelet which can be tracked by satellites after the government announced they will be introduced from August.
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