21 Feb 2012

Child killer refused parole

9:33 pm on 21 February 2012

A man convicted of killing a three year-old and attempting to kill the child's mother when he was 18 has been denied parole.

Luke Sibley, who is now 33, appeared before the parole board last week.

The board says sexual offending was part of the 1997 Christchurch murder, although Sibley was not charged with it at the time.

A psychological report conducted in 2009 assessed Sibley as being at high risk of further violent offending and a moderate to low risk of further sexual offending.

Sibley is waitlisted for the Child Sex Offenders Programme next year.

The Parole Board says it is vital that he completes this and shows gains from it before next steps are considered.