Wilson sent back to prison

By Aaron van Delden, aaron.vandelden@wanganuichronicle.co.nz

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Serial sex offender Stewart Murray Wilson is back in prison after being refused bail for allegedly breaching a condition of his parole.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of a year in prison.

Wilson denied the breach during a brief appearance in the Wanganui District Court yesterday. On Thursday, police executed a warrant for his interim return to prison after the Department of Corrections became aware of his alleged parole breach on Wednesday.

He is accused of using his cellphone to call a female he was told not to contact on November 27 last year, when a non-association order regarding her was imposed as an additional condition of his parole. The call is alleged to have been made on Monday.

During his court appearance yesterday, Wilson initially stood with his back to the public gallery, but Judge David Cameron ordered him to turn around.

The Parole Board will consider at a hearing before the end of next month whether a permanent prison recall is made.

Wilson had been living in a house on the grounds of Whanganui Prison since being paroled in August.

The identity of the female he is alleged to have phoned has been suppressed, on an interim basis, by Judge Cameron.

Wilson's lawyer, Andrew McKenzie, sought bail, saying the female did not live in Wanganui.

Judge Cameron said he was not prepared to grant Wilson bail yesterday, but did not rule out eventual bail.

Wilson was remanded in custody to May 13 for a defended hearing at the Wanganui District Court. A status hearing for his case will be held in Wanganui on May 2, though for this hearing his appearance is excused.

It is believed he is being held at Whanganui Prison, however the Department of Corrections will neither confirm nor deny that.

- WANGANUI CHRONICLE

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