19 Dec 2011

Killer of teacher released

10:19 am on 19 December 2011

A man who murdered his remedial reading teacher two decades ago is being released from prison for the second time.

Stacey Hollyman was 15 when he fatally stabbed Margaret Russell during a lesson in her Havelock North home in 1991.

He was freed in 2004 but sent back to jail the next year for drug-taking and other offending.

The Parole Board says Hollyman, now aged 35, still poses a moderate to high risk of sexual or violent reoffending, has not had temporary releases and has little family support.

But the Board says he has a qualification, more maturity, more confidence and is committed to a drug-free life.

Hollyman will be released in an undisclosed area, where he will undertake a residential rehabilitation programme for up to two years.