13 Nov 2010

Rapist's request to return to jail granted

9:15 am on 13 November 2010

A convicted rapist who walked into a Hawke's Bay police station wielding an axe, has been sent back to prison at his request.

The Parole Board says Devo Gray Te Aho has been compliant since he was freed a year ago, but is said to have been agitated when he entered the Flaxmere police station in September with an axe over his shoulder, begging officers to send him back to jail.

The Parole Board says this is a matter of palpable concern.

Te Aho has since appeared in court but maintains he is not a safety risk.

As a result of the incident, the Corrections Department applied to have Te Aho recalled to prison.

A psychological assessment will be prepared for his next parole hearing in February.