3 Mar 2013

Released murderer at 'medium risk' of offending

8:51 am on 3 March 2013

A man who acted out his fantasy of executing a victim has been released from jail despite being considered to be at medium risk of further offending.

Carl Carter and his brother were sentenced to life imprisonment for killing Mark Donovan and burying him on their family farm in Tuakau near Auckland in 1994.

The Parole Board released Carter from prison at the end of January noting that his behaviour had been exemplary over the past ten years.

He had been living in a self care villa and was working for up to six days a week over the past three years, returning to prison at night, without incident.

A psychologist told the board Carter is still at medium risk of further general offending but at a less likely risk of violent offending.

The board said it was satisfied that risk can be managed by strict release conditions.

They include electronic monitoring, continued psychological counselling and a ban on any contact with his brother who was released in 2009.