27 Nov 2008

Parole for convicted rapist Schollum

2:03 pm on 27 November 2008

Convicted rapist Bob Schollum is being released from prison after the Parole Board ruled the former police officer does not pose an undue risk of re-offending.

The Parole Board has re-heard an application for parole, after an internal review found a legal flaw in its decision in April to turn it down.

Schollum was sentenced to eight years in August 2005 for the pack rape of a woman in Mount Maunganui in the 1980s.

A report by the Parole Board says he has refused a request from the woman to meet her, saying it would serve no useful purpose.

His co-accused, Peter McNamara and Brad Shipton, have already been released a third of the way through their sentences.

Schollum, Shipton and former police assistant commissioner Clint Rickards were cleared in 2006 of raping Louise Nicholas, of Rotorua, also in the 1980s.