14 May 2013

Convicted murderer denied parole

12:08 pm on 14 May 2013

A convicted murderer who had his parole hearing postponed because of crimes he committed in prison has again been denied parole.

Phillip John Smith was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1996 for stabbing a man in Wellington whose son he had been sexually abusing.

The Parole Board deferred the hearing for two years from 2011 because Smith had committed multiple crimes in prison from July 2007 to May 2010.

It says Smith acquired a large number of convictions by using documents for financial advantage and causing loss by deception.

Following the crimes in prison, Smith completed a treatment programme, with results showing a significant change in his attitude towards authority.

But the Parole Board says he remains high-risk and a serious danger to the community.