21 Aug 2012

Wilson, council seek judicial reviews over release

4:35 am on 21 August 2012

Stewart Murray Wilson's challenge of his stringent release conditions will be heard next week in Wellington at the same time as another challenge from Wanganui District Council to the decision to send him to the city.

Wilson, 65, is due to be released on 1 September this year after being convicted in 1996 of multiple rapes and assaults on women, bestiality and ill-treatment of children over a period of 23 years.

He has served 18 years of a 21-year prison sentence. The Parole Board says he must live on the grounds of Whanganui Prison, wear a GPS tracking device and is not allowed to drive.

Wilson's application for a judicial review of his release conditions was heard in the Christchurch High Court on Monday, where it was adjourned until next week. He did not appear in court.

Lawyer Andrew McKenzie sought the judicial review, saying the Parole Board has exceeded its powers and the conditions essentially mean that his client will be under house arrest.

Wanganui District Council is worried about the risk of Wilson re-offending. It expects to file papers by Tuesday for a judicial review of the decision to release him into a house on the prison grounds.