500 convictions, including the rape of a 7-year-old girl? Sounds like a job for Labour

Here’s a crim Labour could hug all day long.

A man with more than 500 convictions, including the rape of a 7-year-old girl, is living in Westport after spending most of his life behind bars.

It is understood the Corrections Department relocated the man, in his late 50s, to Westport after he was released from prison in 2014.

He had been jailed for breaching the conditions of a 10-year extended supervision order, ordered by the High Court in March 2010.

In June 2001, he was sentenced to nine years in prison for raping a 7-year-old girl. He was released in 2007.

The man also has a raft of dishonesty convictions, most recently for a crime spree committed while on parole in Christchurch in 2012. ??

Since living in Westport, he has breached his extended supervision order twice – once by consuming alcohol and once by letting his electronic monitoring bracelet go flat. Last month he was sentenced to three months’ home detention instead of being sent back to prison.

A Westport woman, who asked not to be named, fears for the wellbeing of local children. She lives near the man, whose home is within 1km of a daycare centre and a primary school.

“I fear for the kids in this town, I fear for the people in this town,” the woman said.

She knew of a woman with young children, who also lived near him, who was preparing to leave Westport after finding out about his crimes.

It was important people were aware he was living in the community, she said.

Pity he isn’t a foreigner, we could deport him then.

I’m sure a Labour MP will stick up for this bloke though, surely it is against his human rights to be put back in jail. They will be able to explain that he is just having a hard time adjusting and society is being mean to him.

He should be back in prison.


– NZ Herald