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HUTCHISON - Jarred James - 06/10/2016

Parole hearing

Under section 21(2) of the Parole Act 2002

Jarred James HUTCHISON

Hearing:   6 October 2016 at (withheld)

Members of the Board:

  • Hon. JW Gendall QC (Panel Convenor)
  • Ms G Hughes
  • Mr J Thomson
  • Ms L Nathan
  • Dr J Skipworth

In attendance:

  • (withheld)

Counsel:

  • (withheld)

Support Persons:

  • (withheld)

DECISION OF THE BOARD

1. Jared Hutchinson was sentenced on 27 June 2006 to a term of 13 and a half years’ imprisonment for very grave sexual crimes against (withheld), which occurred over a five year period.

2. An appeal by the Solicitor General to the Court of Appeal was successful and in its decision of 8 March 2007 the finite sentence was quashed and Mr Hutchinson was sentenced to preventive detention imposed with a minimum non-parole period of seven and a half years.  His parole eligibility date was 29 December 2012.

3. The Board, on 29 January 2014, made a postponement order for a period of three years.

4. Mr Hutchinson is seen today for the first time since that postponement order was made.

5. He commenced the Child Sex Offender Treatment programme at (withheld) in February 2015, graduated in November 2015 and he has participated in the maintenance group since then.

6. A psychological report of 23 August 2016 refers to him initially minimising the gravity of his offending, despite his guilty pleas.  The index offending comprised 24 crimes of rape, 51 of unlawful sexual connection with a child under the age of 12, and 16 of making objectionable publications (withheld)

7. (withheld)

8. (withheld)

9. Clearly, Mr Hutchinson is of high risk. The pathway forward to him needs to be very carefully managed and will take some time He must not only prove that what he has learnt in his treatment programmes can be demonstrated across a wide range of settings, but that he also develop a comprehensive and solid circle of support.  He has the support of (withheld) at present, but in other respects it is very rudimentary.

10. The psychologist’s recommendation is that he continues in maintenance sessions to be motivated to avoid deviant sexual arousal and adhere to a comprehensive safety plan.  There are promising indications of change but consolidation of gains would need to be demonstrated in a more unstructured environment to be considered significantly protective.

11. We agree with the recommendations (withheld) of the psychological report that he continue to participate in group sessions and there be a gradual process of temporary releases and other reintegration opportunities and that he develop a support network in the community.  What those reintegrative activities may be is a matter for the prison management. Further he must develop a wide and protective support network in the community.

12. Parole is declined.  Mr Hutchinson will be seen in approximately 18 months’ time, that is, in the week commencing 30 April 2018.

Hon. JW Gendall QC
Panel Convenor