4 Sep 2012

Release hopes dashed by Parole Board

1:29 pm on 4 September 2012

The Parole Board has dismissed a bid from New Zealand's longest-serving inmate to be released from prison.

Alfred Vincent, 74, has 13 convictions for sexual offending, but admitted abusing more than 100 children before being locked up 45 years ago.

In June, it was revealed the paedophile had been offered a place in new Salvation Army premises.

But a Parole Board report issued on Tuesday said the proposal is not viable because the accommodation is only short-term.

As well as his release plan falling over, a high risk of reoffending by Vincent led to the board imposing a three-year parole freeze on him.

The postponement means it will be August 2015 before he can next seek his release.