30 Jun 2009

Nia Glassie abuser to be freed from prison

9:19 pm on 30 June 2009

A woman jailed for assaulting murdered Rotorua toddler Nia Glassie will be released from prison in July.

On 4 February 2009, Oriwa Kemp, 18, was sentenced to three years and four months in prison for assault and wilful ill treatment of Nia, who died in 2007.

She became eligible for parole soon after sentencing because she had already spent more than 500 days in custody on remand.

The Parole Board says Kemp no longer poses undue risk to the safety of the community.

Kemp will be released from prison with electronic monitoring in July, though the Parole Board has not released the exact date or her parole address.

Rotorua Mayor Kevin Winters says the city's reputation has been tarnished immensely by Nia Glassie's death and he is hugely disappointed by the decision.

Meanwhile, one of the men found guilty of murdering the girl will have an appeal against his conviction heard in October this year.

Wiremu Curtis was jailed for life with a minimum non-parole period of 17-and-a-half years in May.

His lawyer, Craig Horsley, says an appeal against conviction has been filed on behalf of Curtis and will be heard at the Court of Appeal in Wellington.