30 Nov 2011

Tamihere no longer monitored by parole board

7:32 pm on 30 November 2011

Convicted double murderer David Tamihere will no longer be monitored by the Parole Board as they move to relax his parole conditions.

Tamihere was released last year after 20 years in prison for the killing of Swedish tourists Heidi Paakkonen and Urban Hoglen.

Changes in his parole conditions now mean he doesn't have to wear an electronic tracking device and he has no curfew.

Tamihere has attended three progress hearings since his release, and the Parole Board cannot legally hold any more for him.

The Board says there are ongoing concerns about his health and says he has spent three months in hospital since his release from prison.

Tamihere still cannot visit the Coromandel Peninsula where the killings took place and has to stay away from drugs and alcohol for the rest of his life.