GPS tracking of pedos simply doesn’t protect the kids

via NZ Police

via NZ Police

The case of a child sex offender convicted for breaching his GPS-tracking conditions 12 times has prompted calls for an urgent review of the legal system.

Darren Albert Jolly, 50, has a prolific 30-year criminal history that includes more than 110 convictions for sex with underage girls, indecent sex acts, fraud, theft, assault, and dangerous driving.

The high-risk sexual predator was made subject to a 10-year Extended Supervision Order (ESO) under the Parole Act at Hamilton District Court in April 2011. The order expires in 2023.

However, in the past four years, Jolly whose 13 special release conditions ban him from computers and going near schools, parks and playgrounds, has breached the order 12 times.

His latest breach came after he was released from prison last December to a Dunedin address under 24/7 electronic monitoring.

A Community Probation Service report obtained by NZME News Service stated that Jolly admitted deliberately cutting off his GPS monitoring bracelet and leaving Dunedin without permission.

“In explanation, Mr Jolly stated that he was intending to travel to Nelson to see his family before heading to Auckland,” the report said.

How are we meant to feel safe when the authorities simply put a fancy Navman on someone’s leg and then hope for the best.

We don’t need an urgent review, we need immediate action.   A zero tolerance policy on any parole breaches by anyone on an Extended Supervision Order.   You break the rules, you’re inside.

The thought of these predators walking around is bad enough.   That they get told off and put back on the street time after time is just asking for a tragedy.


– Kurt Bayer, NZ Herald

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