3 Jul 2013

Decision reserved in prison recall case

9:55 pm on 3 July 2013

A lawyer for a convicted serial sex offender is questioning whether breaches to his client's release conditions mean he poses an undue risk to the community.

Stewart Murray Wilson served 16 years in prison for multiple rapes of women, assault, drugging, ill-treating children and bestiality. He was released to the grounds of a prison in Whanganui last year.

Wilson is appealing a recall to prison following breaches, which included contacting a woman he was not meant to contact, as well as having a second cellphone.

Lawyer Michael Starling questioned in the High Court in Wellington on Wednesday morning whether his client should have been recalled given the nature of the breaches.

He said Wilson and the woman had been in contact for several years.

Justice Mackenzie reserved his decision.