Council meets again on Wilson release

By Anne-Marie Emerson

Wanganui District Council will hold another extraordinary meeting to discuss the release of serial sex offender Stewart Murray Wilson.

The meeting will be held next Tuesday at 4pm at the council chamber to receive the outcome of the council's judicial review application appealing the decision to parole Wilson in Wanganui, and decide on any action.

Wilson has served 18 years of a 21-year sentence and must be released before Thursday next week.

The Parole Board and Department of Corrections have decided Wilson will be paroled to live at a house on Pauri Rd, just outside Whanganui Prison, a decision which has sparked outrage in the Wanganui community.

The council decided at an extraordinary meeting last week to apply for a judicial review of the decision, saying the Parole Board and Corrections made an error of law because they did not consider the safety of the community.

Council spokeswoman Suzanne Sherris confirmed the council's judicial hearing will be held at the High Court in Wellington on Monday. Mayor Annette Main will attend.

Ms Sherris said the hearing would be held at the same time as a judicial review requested by Wilson.

His lawyer, Andrew McKenzie, said he was appealing against the 17 conditions imposed on him, as well as the decision to send him to Wanganui to live.

Ms Sherris said the nature of the meeting was unclear at this stage as the judicial review hearing had not yet been held.

"Obviously we don't know what the decision will be, or even if we will get a decision on Monday," she said.

The meeting is open to the public.

- Wanganui Chronicle

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