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‘FLASH’ recalled to prison – prompts call to rethink parole

The Sensible Sentencing Trust is calling for an overhaul of the parole system after yet another dangerous offender has been recalled to prison after the Parole Board had released him.

Jason Dwayne Lilly murdered Linda Gordon in Kaitangata on 19th December 1993; Lilly had a long list of previous convictions and was known as ‘Flash’.

Sensible Sentencing Trust Spokesman, Garth McVicar said Lilly’s parole history exposed the corrupt ideology of the parole system.

“The Parole Board is saying these guys are not an undue risk to the safety of the community, yet time and time again released offenders are being recalled to prison.”

  • In January 2012 the Parole Board deemed Lilly was not an undue risk to the safety of the community and released him.
  • June 2012 he was recalled
  • November 2013 the Parole Board once again considered he was not an undue risk to the safety of the community and released him – again.
  • March 2014 he was recalled – again

Yesterday it was revealed that another dangerous criminal, Andre Tipi Rangi Wiremu Schudder, a patched gang member, had breached his parole conditions and the police were warning he was ‘highly dangerous’ and shouldn’t be approached.

“Obviously the Parole Board is getting it wrong and in fact exposing the public to not just an ‘undue risk’ but to a ‘massive’ risk and putting the police to considerable expense.”

Mr McVicar said he spoke to Ted Gordon [Linda Gordon’s father] and he supported the call for an overhaul of the parole system.

“Ted said it was not just the risk Lilly posed but the fact that parole opened up all the old wounds and memories of when Lilly murdered Linda. The parole system prevents these families coming to terms with the tragedy of losing a loved one.”

“Our call is for a complete review and overhaul of the parole system – before another tragedy happens.”

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Garth McVicar
027 2487-919