10 Sep 2009

Man who tormented and killed woman denied parole

6:07 pm on 10 September 2009

A man who tormented a woman before killing her in Wellington in 1986 has been denied parole.

Rufus Junior Marsh, 53, has been in jail for more than two decades after being convicted of killing Diane Miller in her home.

He had earlier been convicted of manslaughter after an elderly man was beaten to death in Wellington in 1974.

Marsh also had a range of convictions for violent offences over the years.

In its judgement, the Parole Board quoted a psychologist's report which said Marsh might be one of the very few prisoners who might have to resign themselves to spending an entire life in prison.

The board heard he is taking part in a sex offenders programme and had to conclude this at the very least before he could be considered for parole.