12 Oct 2015

NZ's longest-serving prisoner to spend three more years behind bars

1:22 pm on 12 October 2015

The country's longest-serving prisoner will have to wait three years before the Parole Board will see him again.

Alfred Vincent, 77, has 13 convictions for sexual offending, but admitted abusing more than 100 children before being imprisoned 47 years ago.

In September the Parole Board declined his bid for release, and his lawyer Tony Ellis said Vincent had now been issued a three-year postponement order for seeking parole.

Under the Parole Amendment Act - which took effect last month - prisoners' hearings can be deferred for up to five years.

The board said in September that Vincent was still at risk of reoffending, but Mr Ellis said Vincent had never had substantive psychological testing during his entire 47 years behind bars.