Community Safety Group welcomes update on Stewart Murray Wilson's parole - 29/09/2012Cr Philippa Baker-Hogan today said Wanganui’s Community Safety Group welcomed the news that Stewart Murray Wilson is adhering to the conditions of his parole.
“There is a comprehensive Safety Plan and Response Matrix in place to ensure public safety following Mr Wilson’s release from prison and this is being closely monitored,” Cr Baker-Hogan said.
“Mr Wilson has to abide by strict parole conditions and the Department of Corrections has advised us that there have been no breaches of those conditions.
“We have been told that, since his release, Mr Wilson has undertaken a small number of planned outings as part of his daily life. If Mr Wilson goes off the Whanganui Prison grounds, he is always accompanied by two members of the Reintegration Team and his outings must be approved in advance. There have been no concerns as a result of these outings.”
The Community Safety Group did not have specific details of Mr Wilson’s movements, Cr Baker-Hogan said.
“As with any other person, Mr Wilson has a right to privacy so the Department of Corrections cannot give details of Mr Wilson’s activities. However, the Department was able to reassure the Community Safety Group – and by extension the wider community – that Mr Wilson is sticking to his parole conditions and to date there has been no cause for concern.”
The Community Safety Group, brought together by the Wanganui District Council, includes representatives of the Department of Corrections (Community Probation and Prison Services), New Zealand Police, local residents, Wanganui District Council, Wanganui Rural Community Board and agencies involved in the care of those exposed to sexual offending. The group is working on a co-ordinated approach by key agencies, on behalf of the community, to deal with concerns about the release of Stewart Murray Wilson in the Wanganui District. It is working within the Safer Whanganui framework.