Beast's new house arrives - but still isn't ready

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Stewart Murray Wilson, also known as the Beast of Blenheim, heads out of the self-care units at Whanganui Prison to do some gardening. Photo / Herald on Sunday
Stewart Murray Wilson, also known as the Beast of Blenheim, heads out of the self-care units at Whanganui Prison to do some gardening. Photo / Herald on Sunday

Stewart Murray Wilson's new home outside the fence of Whanganui Prison has arrived, but it's likely to be another three weeks before it will be ready for him to move in.

Wilson, who served 18 years of a 21-year sentence for multiple sex crimes against women, children and animals, was released on parole to the prison's self-care units last week while he waited for his new home to be readied.

The small two-bedroom yellow weatherboard house arrived at the prison on trucks on Tuesday night.

A "sold'' sticker and a figure of $45,000 could be seen on two of the windows of the house. It is understood to have been built in the 1980s, modernised in 2011, and transported to Wanganui from Auckland.

Wilson is expected to live in the house, situated on prison grounds between the self-care units and the prison walls, for the next three years of his parole, and be subject to 17 strict conditions.

The Department of Corrections has indicated it would like to see him remain in the house for the duration of his 10-year extended supervision period.

Resource and building consent for the house was granted by the Wanganui District Council last week, after legal advice indicated there was no valid reason to withhold it.

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