26 Jun 2017

Six-year-old's killer refused parole again

5:22 pm on 26 June 2017

A man who abducted and murdered a six-year-old girl more than 30 years ago is still a high-risk sexual offender, says the Parole Board.

Peter Holdem was convicted in 1986 of murdering Louisa Damodran in Christchurch.

She disappeared while walking home from Bromley School and her body was found in the Waimakariri River three weeks later.

Reporting on a hearing for Holdem last month, the Parole Board noted that a psychologist had described his rehabilitation needs as immense.

It said he was anxious when talking to the psychologist and focussed on giving the right answer instead of being open and honest.

The board also said that despite completing treatment, Holdem had shown little response to it.

Parole has been declined, and he will next be seen in 2020.

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