11 Apr 2013

Parole Board rules Wilson to remain in prison

9:02 am on 11 April 2013

The Parole Board has ruled serial sex criminal Stewart Murray Wilson is to stay in prison for making phone calls to a woman in contravention of his release conditions.

The 66-year-old has served 16 years in jail for multiple rapes of women, assault, drugging, ill-treating children and bestiality, which he denies.

In August 2012, he was released to a house on Whanganui Prison grounds, but was returned to prison in February this year.

A lengthy written decision made public on Wednesday afternoon says the Probation Service gave Wilson a written warning in November 2012 not to associate with the woman, who is a cousin of one of his victims.

However she sent him a Christmas present, then two further phone calls between the pair took place in February.

The woman said Wilson had talked about taking her to Australia, and that it was easy for him to break off his electronic bracelet and run away, the Parole Board decision said.

Wilson has pleaded not guilty to a charge of failing to comply with conditions of release.

In the ruling, the Parole Board says Wilson will stay in jail because he is too risky to be released.

Wilson's lawyer Andrew McKenzie says he doubts his client was in any position to reoffend, given his stringent parole conditions.

He told Radio New Zealand's Morning Report programme claims of being able to flee to Australia are nothing more than bravado on the part of Wilson.

"He doesn't have a passport, he can't go to Australia. The probation officer at the hearing made it clear that if he cut off his bracelet he would possibly make it 50 metres but not 100 metres."

Mr McKenzie says Wilson intends to appeal against the recall and also against his parole conditions and extended supervision orders related to his release in 2015 at the Court of Appeal in Wellington on Thursday.