14 Aug 2012

Whanganui MPs fear for sex criminal's safety

9:27 pm on 14 August 2012

Two Government ministers, who are also Whanganui MPs, have spoken of safety fears for a notorious sex offender being released to live in their electorate.

Stewart Murray Wilson will leave prison in a fortnight having served his full sentence for serial sex offending over 25 years against women and girls.

Wilson is being released to live in a house on the grounds of Whanganui Prison, upsetting many locals.

Maori Party co-leader and Te Tai Hauauru MP Tariana Turia says there should be huge worry for the 65-year-old's personal safety, given the depth of local feeling.

Courts Minister and Whanganui MP Chester Borrows says people are - in his words - very antsy about the release.

He denies Wilson will be a sitting duck or a target, but says you can never be too sure how people will respond.

Ms Turia has confirmed Wilson will be one of her neighbours when he is released from prison.

She says Wilson will be living on her street, but that isn't her greatest concern.

Ms Turia says members of the Whanganui community will meet again on Wednesday night to discuss Wilson being released there.