Sexual predator to be removed from community after continued concern

Corrections yesterday bowed to public pressure and announced it would move the offender next month but residents at a meeing last night said that decision had not come soon enough.

The man was released from prison in May to a home directly across the street from a school. Following complaints, he was moved to another Mangere house, this time 350m from another school.

Corrections said he was electronically monitored, watched by two staff at all times and had so far complied with his conditions.

Northern Operations Director Lynette Cave said public safety was the primary priority.

“He is living at an address that includes locks, alarms and a two metre high fence. No address would be approved if we considered that it presented an unmanageable risk to the safety of the community.”

She said the offender would be relcoated to a place outside the Mangere area next month, as the “next phase of his safe reintegration into community life”.

“The offender’s current accommodation was not intended to be long term,” she said.

But at a community meeting at Nga Tapuwae Hall in Mangere last night, 50 residents, mostly parents and grandparents, voiced their anger at why a convicted child rapist was still living there.

Mangere-Otahuhu local board member Lydia Sosene said everyone in the area was scared for their children, and were rethinking their daily activities or changing their children’s routes to and from school.

If the man is behind a two meter fence, locks and electronic surveillance, then he’s hardly free.  That’s just not being in prison on paper.

The way to solve this is to have residential facilities on prison grounds where the worse of the worst can live quiet lives where they are safe from us, and we are safe from them.

To place these predators in the community is simply too high a cost on those that have to change their way of life, their own freedom, and their children’s experience of what the world is like growing up.



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