One of the most badly treated victims of the man dubbed the Beast of Blenheim can finally smile again, despite his pending release.
The woman, known by her first name Lorraine, was one of 42 victims of Stewart Murray Wilson, the man back in the news in recent days as debate rages about his release to a house on a Wanganui prison property.
She was badly disfigured by the Beast and before an appearance on a television documentary tonight, an Auckland dentist has given her a complete new set of teeth implants worth more than $20,000.
Wilson drugged, assaulted and raped over a 23-year period before he was caught, convicted and sentenced to 21 years in prison.
Lorraine was Wilson's de facto partner and suffered badly at his hands.
Another of his victims told in the early 1990s how Wilson liked women with no teeth because he liked oral sex.
Iraqi dentist Saud Ibrahim, based at the Sanctuary dental clinic in Auckland's Botany Downs, heard of Lorraine's plight and performed the operation free.
Ibrahim and Lorraine did not want to talk about the work before the TV show tonight, but the Herald on Sunday understands it happened in recent days and she was extremely emotional over getting permanent teeth again.
Wilson's release is big news in Wanganui. Former mayor Michael Laws and fellow councillor Ray Stevens have organised a public meeting today in the city's War Memorial Hall to hear resident concerns. Another meeting will be held on Wednesday at which Department of Corrections staff and police will attend.
The prison at Kaitoke is in a remote rural area, but a groundswell of opposition is growing to Wilson moving there, despite some of the most stringent parole conditions to be imposed on a serial sex offender.
He will be forced to live in a house on prison grounds, outside the security perimeter, and will be continuously tracked by a GPS satellite when he is released from prison on September 1. He is subject to 17 parole conditions, some of which he is appealing against.
The Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is alarmed Wilson may be able to own animals. He was convicted of bestiality but his conditions do not rule out his chances of owning an animal.
SPCA chief executive Robyn Kippenberger said Wilson had shown "extreme perversion" around animals. The SPCA would ask the Corrections Department to prevent Wilson from owning a pet as a release condition.