15 May 2012

Probation Service plans tracking sex offender using GPS

9:23 pm on 15 May 2012

The Probation Service wants to use satelllite tracking technology to keep tabs on a serial sex offender once he leaves prison in September this year.

Stewart Murray Wilson is serving extended jail time for rape, bestiality, stupefying and ill-treatment of children over a period of 25 years. He was jailed in 1996 and still denies the crimes.

The 65-year-old is to leave prison on 1 September. Conditions will be set in July and apply until 2015.

From then, the Probation Service hopes to have him placed under an extended supervision order which could last until 2025.

But figures from the Department of Corrections show 64 offenders breached their extended supervision order in the year to June 2011 and arrest warrants were issued for 13 who could not be located.

The Probation Service's general manager, Katrina Casey, says in Wilson's case, there is a strong possibility that global positioning technology (GPS) will be used to track him from September.

"We expect to have him on GPS, so we'll be able to follow his movements very closely. We're still going through the motions of working out what his conditions and so forth are going to be."

Ms Casey says planning for GPS monitoring of Wilson is very advanced, but subject to Parole Board approval in July.

However, the lawyer for Wilson says he is unsure how useful satellite tracking would be in keeping tabs on him once he is out of jail.

Andrew McKenzie, says although the technology could give more specificity on Wilson's whereabouts, it would not give any more information about what he is up to or who he is with.