A Napier man's latest of a series of attacks on fellow inmates will have little impact on his release from a previous sentence of preventive detention.

If and when the near 49-year-old Warren Charles Te Hei will be released from prison will still be in the hand of the Parole Board, Judge Geoff Rea reiterated on Friday in the Napier District Court.

Rea, however, expressed hope the long-time gang member will eventually be able to be released as a productive family man in the community.

Te Hei, who with lawyer Chris Tennet appeared via AVL from a courtroom in Christchurch,

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