'Beast of Blenheim' to be released from prison

4:35 pm on 8 August 2019

Serial rapist Stewart Murray Wilson will be released from prison - but he will return to his house on the grounds of Whanganui Prison.

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Photo: RNZ / Dan Cook

Dubbed the 'Beast of Blenheim', Wilson was jailed for 21 years in 1996 for violent sexual attacks on women over more than two decades.

Last year the 72-year-old was sentenced to two years and four months' imprisonment for other historical rapes.

Wilson was subject to an extended supervision order following his first release from prison.

As part of that, he had to live in a house on the grounds of Whanganui Prison, where he was under constant GPS monitoring and unable to leave without agreement from probation officers.

The Parole Board has decided Wilson can be paroled, but he will go back to that house under those same strict conditions.

With control over his whereabouts, the board said Wilson's capacity to re-offend.

The board said with controls on his whereabouts, he was no longer an undue risk.

Wilson will be released from prison later this month.

There will be an in-person monitoring hearing by the end of November.

Wilson continues to deny all sexual offending, other than some less serious non-sexual offending.

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