12 Oct 2010

Murderer fails in legal challenge against imprisonment

9:34 pm on 12 October 2010

A man who has spent most of his adult life behind bars has failed in a legal challenge to his continued incarceration.

Paul Hanning, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for murder in 1988 when he was 20, on Tuesday made a habeas corpus application to the High Court in Wellington.

Hanning was convicted of the stabbing death of Darren Low in Manurewa.

Hanning was paroled in November 2002, but was recalled to prison in September 2004 and has had parole declined at least three times since then.

His habeas corpus application, claiming unlawful detention, to the High Court in Wellington said, as he was 17 when the murder occurred, he shouldn't have been given a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

However, Justice Miller said Hanning had not been denied parole, but had later been recalled to prison.

He said he wasn't able to interfere with the conviction and sentence.