'Vindictive' to return serial sex offender to cells

Stewart Murray Wilson. Photo / File photo
Stewart Murray Wilson. Photo / File photo

A woman who was allegedly called by serial sex offender Stewart Murray Wilson says it's "vindictive'' to return him to the cells because of their phone call.

The woman, who can't be named, described herself as a longtime penpal of Wilson, One News reported.

The Corrections Department recalled Wilson to prison last month, alleging he breached his parole on February 18 by "phoning a person he had been directed not to associate with''.

He will be behind bars until at least May 2 after being denied bail when he appeared in court on February 25.

Wilson denied breaching his parole conditions when he appeared before Judge David Cameron in Wanganui District Court.

The woman told One News she was phoned by Wilson who thanked her for a Christmas gift she had sent.

He had used a secret phone Corrections did not know about, she said.

She said letters sent to her by Wilson were ``peaceful''.

"There was no bad language or anything like that involved.''

She said she had spoken to Wilson a number of times since his release.

The woman was not one of Wilson's victims but two of her relatives were.

She said Corrections had banned her from any contact with him.

"I had no intentions of contacting any of his victims.''

But, she knew she had broken the rules in sending him a Christmas present under an assumed name - "my compassion swallowed me there''.

She said sending Wilson back to prison was "vindictive'' and a waste of taxpayers' money.

In 1996, Wilson was convicted of more than 20 offences including rapes and bestiality.

The Corrections Department would not comment while Wilson was before the court.

- APNZ

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