20 Sep 2016

Murderer downplaying his deviancy - Parole Board

1:59 pm on 20 September 2016

A murderer and rapist locked up almost two decades ago is still minimising his crimes and should not be let out of jail, the Parole Board says.

Hayden Taylor was sentenced to preventive detention in December 1997 after killing Nicola Rankin in 1996 while on bail for the kidnap and rape of Amanda Watt five months earlier.

In a decision out today, the Parole Board has again rejected Taylor's bid for parole.

It said Taylor continues to deny that there was any sexual element to the murder.

The Board said it was clear he needed more extensive reintegration before he could be considered for release, given he kept downplaying his sexual deviancy.

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