16 Oct 2012

Man convicted of abusing Nia Glassie released

12:20 pm on 16 October 2012

One of the people convicted of abusing Rotorua toddler Nia Glassie has been released from jail.

The three-year-old girl died in 2007 after prolonged abuse.

William Curtis was convicted on eight charges of assault in 2009, including dangling the toddler using a scarf until her face turned purple.

At his sentencing, Curtis was described by his own lawyer as a remorseless man, and the Parole Board says he still denies the most serious charges against him.

The board says it kept Curtis behind bars as long as it could and has released him to a house in Hamilton provided by community organisation Anglican Action.

The Department of Corrections has attached special conditions to his release including completing a domestic violence programme and not having any contact with anyone under 17 years old.

If he breaches the conditions he could be imprisoned for up to a year, the department says.

Five people were jailed after Nia Glassie's death, including her mother Lisa Kuka who is serving a nine-year term for manslaughter.