26 Aug 2012

Daughter of murdered man angry at treatment

4:54 am on 26 August 2012

The daughter of a murdered Auckland man has written to two Government ministers expressing her anger at her treatment by the Corrections Department and Parole Board.

Raymond Mullins died in a frenzied stabbing in 1999 at the hands of three young women in Papatoetoe.

Katrina Fenton this week became the first of the three killers to leave prison on parole, despite having been caught puffing cannabis in jail last December.

Mr Mullins' daughter, Leigh-Anne Mullins, has written to the Ministers of Justice and Corrections listing what she says are failures that have left her feeling uninformed and re-victimised.

She says Corrections couldn't provide offender updates on request, when prisoner reports were received they were out of date, and the family wasn't given notice of Fenton's parole hearing.

"The way we feel is the Department of Corrections and the Parole Board, yes they are two separate identities but they don't work together and they need to be working together because the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing. These are the issues - the gaps we're finding."

Ms Mullins has challenged both ministers to explain, and a spokesperson for Judith Collins and Anne Tolley says they will respond in due course.

In the meantime, Ms Mullins says, her family will be seeking legal advice.