The sister of the man brutally murdered by Graeme Burton in 1992 told last night how she warned the Parole Board six months ago that he would kill again and inflict pain on a "whole new set of people" if he was released.
Burton stabbed an innocent bystander, lighting technician Paul Anderson, seven times in a Wellington nightclub. He used such force that Mr Anderson was lifted off the ground.
Burton later told police he was high on six different drugs at the time and "just lost it".
Yesterday, Mr Anderson's 41-year-old sister Janet described how she spoke out at the Parole Board hearing in the hope of preventing more deaths if Burton was released.
But despite her warning Burton was freed and on Saturday Ms Anderson's worst nightmare appeared to come true after Burton allegedly killed a quadbike rider following a violent rampage lasting several days.
"During the day I had said it better not be another Aramoana but he kind of had all the signals there, you know, someone going off their rocker with a cache of weapons."
Ms Anderson told the Herald she feared for her own safety after learning early this month that Burton breached parole and was on the run.
"I felt unsafe - I mean, it's probably not rational, but I did. You're supposed to be sleeping in a tent and every little rustling outside your window ... even though you're in a place he didn't know about."
She and mother Raewyn Anderson followed media reports of Burton's rampage.
She praised police for putting their lives on the line to finally apprehend Burton on Saturday night.
Ms Anderson read to the Herald part of her Parole Board submission against Burton's release, in which she predicted he would kill again.
"The next concern is that if Burton is released the same pain will be released on a whole new set of people," she read.
"This cannot happen again. We cannot have another Panmure RSA, when an offender on parole hits the P and goes on a rampage.
"Convince me that if Graeme Burton is released he will not take drugs again and reoffend. Convince me that it is not going to end in tears all over again."
Ms Anderson said she did not want to point the finger at any single person or process but said questions needed to be asked about the system in general.
"We've got some really big questions for society."
1992: Paul Anderson stabbed to death at a Wellington nightclub.
Last Wednesday: 30-year-old man left with broken bones and bruising after being attacked at his Tory St apartment in Wellington.
Friday: Home Invasion of three teenagers - pregnant 18-year-old Tara Enoka, her 16-year-old boyfriend Wade Willis and their 17-year-old friend Khan Thompson. Khan was punched in the face and dragged into the kitchen.
Saturday: Five victims - one killed. Two men in their 30s are shot at while mountain biking. One received a serious elbow injury, the other superficial gunshot wounds. Nick Rea is punched in the face while his 18-year-old daughter Kate is hit in the neck and wrist by shotgun pellets. A man in his 20s is shot dead.
* Killed Bill Absolum, Wayne Johnson and Mary Hobson at the Mt Wellington RSA in Auckland in December 2001. He was on parole after being released part-way through a five-year sentence for robbery. He had 108 previous convictions.
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* Strangled Jennifer Hargreaves to death in Patumahoe, Franklin, in December 2001. He was on parole after serving just over six months of a two-year jail sentence for kidnapping. He had 35 previous convictions.
* Stabbed Kylie Jones in a Glen Innes reserve in June 2000, two months after he was released two-thirds of the way through a 12-year-old sentence for three attacks on women in Wanganui. The attacks took place in 1992, just three weeks after he was released from a four-year sentence for attempted rape.