12 Jan 2012

Man who killed wife to stay in jail

10:47 am on 12 January 2012

A man who killed his first wife and was recalled to prison last year for being a potential threat to his new wife has been denied parole.

Warwick Bennett, a former Air Force sergeant, killed his wife Yvonne in 1982 and buried her in a shallow grave.

He was convicted in 1994 and served 10 years of his sentence.

In April 2011, Bennett was recalled to jail when it became clear his second wife's life was in danger.

In their latest decision, the Parole Board said Bennett's behaviour with his second wife when she left the family home last year mirrored the way he behaved with his first wife before murdering her.

The board said that releasing Bennett without undue risk will only be possible when he understands the aspects of his personality which have contributed to his perpetrating the murder of his first wife and the victimisation of subsequent intimate partners.

It said his oral submission to the board stating "I am not a risk. I have never been a risk", was of concern.

Bennett's second wife is said to support him, but the board also notes that he helped to write a submission in his favour that was signed by her.

His next parole hearing is scheduled for December.