Wilson released from prison
Wed, 29 Aug 2012 5:19a.m.
By 3 News online staff
The Beast of Blenheim has been released from prison this morning, to a self-care unit on Whanganui Prison grounds, where he'll remain under strict parole conditions.
Stewart Murray Wilson, 65, was driven from prison gates to the south care unit at 6am this morning with GPS tracking technology already installed and in use.
Corrections has asked the public and the media to stay away from the unit because it won’t help Wilson’s reintegration. So far there have been no issues with people turning up.
Today it is understood he will be speaking with his Parole officer about the conditions of his release and the day to day running of things.
Corrections has asked Wilson to stay within the confines of his house for his own safety and later today Corrections may talk about the future plans for Wilson.
Resource and building consent has been granted for a two bedroom statehouse to be placed on prison grounds not far from the current unit for Wilson to eventually move in to.
However Justice Minister Judith Collins hopes to introduce 'public protection orders' which would keep offenders like Wilson behind bars.
She is drafting a new retrospective law which would see him and others like him, kept in jail.
“Somebody with the sort of offending history of Stewart Murray Wilson and who are considered to be of extreme danger to members of the public particularly children that is the sort of person that is likely to be subject to one of these orders.
Human Rights lawyers are calling the plans barbaric, but Judith Collins says the rights of victims should come before those of offenders.
Meanwhile, Wanganui District Council has voted to ban Wilson from local parks, reserves and recreational spaces, Fairfax reports.
The law will allow the council to trespass Wilson from any buildings or properties the council owns for two years.
Wilson has completed a sentence handed down in 1996 for 22 sex offences against women, children and animals over 25 years in Blenheim.
His 17 parole conditions are reportedly the strictest in New Zealand history and include an extensive supervision order, wearing a GPS tracking device, not contacting anyone under 16 without adult supervision and not associating with females at his address.
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30/08/2012 9:00:05 a.m.
I agree TIM the media have got their monies worth out of this story! ALLAN The death penalty is a step back in time, we should look to move forward we are better than this nonsense! Also the death penalty was banned due to hanging inocent people. David Bain would be dead now if it were still used and he was proved inocent?? I would be for it if, in such cases, the police officers that mess the case up hang too for killing an inocent person! I just hope that with all this scare tactics and people becoming paranoid Judith Collins puts a very well thought out and balanced bill not something just to win some votes! As that would be a real tragedy for NZ.
29/08/2012 1:58:28 p.m.
I would like to know why he merits a two bedroom house, when single people on waiting lists are only allowed a one bedroom unit!
29/08/2012 12:23:42 p.m.
I agree with both Allan and Tim. The death penalty should be bought back as then crims might realise they have a real consequence for their actions not a slap on the hands and think again before killing someone. Tim you are right. I feel for them because he is coming into their community and how the media have blown it way out of proportion being he is an older man now. Heis living on prison grounds with a gps tracker on him and loads of conditions, I don't think he would have the capabilities or nous for that matter to beat the system set up around him. There are way worse preditors out there for sure. Live and let live people.
29/08/2012 11:33:36 a.m.
I agree with Tim. How come Wanganui are so vocal about the situation? They should be more worried about the types that frequent their town when visiting the prison not to mention the undesirables they already have living there.
29/08/2012 11:18:21 a.m.
Judith Collins should stop pandering to peoples fears. Maybe should bring back the death penalty. Seems to be what the people want.
29/08/2012 10:10:40 a.m.
This whole issue is nothing but media scaremongering. Celebrities, whether they are famous or infamous, sell.
'Beast of Blenheim' don't make me laugh - he is an old man. There are plenty of worse predators out there.
The guy did his time now he gets released that is how the justice system works.
There is absolutely no proof he will re-offend and frankly it will be pretty hard with the amount of conditions he is subjected to under his parole.
Stop making him into a scapegoat and deal with your own inner fears and sexual anxieties.
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