KING - Tony Clifford - 17/06/2015
Under section 21(1) of the Parole Act 2002
Tony Clifford KING
Hearing: 17 June 2015 at [withheld]
Members of the Board:
Judge D Saunders
Ms L Campbell
Mr D Bailey
DECISION OF THE BOARD
1. Mr King is appearing before the Board for further consideration of parole. When he was last seen by the Board in December 2014, a psychological assessment report was called for.
2. Mr King has participated well in the completion of that report and we have taken the time at this Board hearing to go through that report with him and his family. We note that he was supported at the Board by [withheld] where Mr King has been employed in recent months.
3. Mr King accepts fully that he was responsible for the losses caused to the victims in this case and to that end he has initiated through [withheld] the prospect of meeting with the victims at a restorative justice hearing. We have seen the report in relation to this and obviously steps are underway to see whether the victims wish to participate in this process. Although we will be including in the conditions of release a no contact with the victims of his offending that is on the basis that we would anticipate authority would be given by Probation for him to meet in any facilitated restorative justice hearing.
4. Mr King’s proposal, if released, is that he would reside at [withheld]. He has offers of employment and it is anticipated that he will respond to any parole conditions that are responsibly suggested around the reduction of any future risk of re-offending. In particular we note that in the psychological report there is reference to him being amenable to undertaking stress management counselling and we certainly draw Probation’s attention to the psychological report that has been prepared about Mr King and the triggers for his offending.
5. The Board has reached the view that Mr King has demonstrated some real insight into why he offended. He is somebody who came to prison with no prior history of offending. He has good family support by persons who now know the triggers that cause the offending to take place in relation to this arson and theft.
6. The Board is satisfied that Mr King does meet the test under section 28 of the Parole Act 2002. Accordingly, we approve his release on parole with a release date of 29 June 2015.
7. On release he is to reside at [withheld] and is not to move from that address without the prior approval of the Probation Officer.
8. Secondly, he must notify the Probation Officer prior to starting, terminating or changing his position or place of employment.
9. Thirdly, he will undertake budgeting advice to the satisfaction of the Probation Officer.
10. Fourthly, he will not have any contact or otherwise associate with the victims of his offending directly or indirectly unless he has the prior written consent of the Probation Officer (see reference to restorative justice in the decision).
11. He is to be assessed and if found suitable to undertake and complete appropriate treatment/counselling to the satisfaction of the Probation Officer and treatment programme provider. The details of the appropriate programme will be determined by the Probation Officer (see psychological report recommendations).
12. Mr King will not be subject to the proposed conditions in the parole assessment report that requires him not to stay away overnight from the residence without the prior written approval and secondly, we have deleted suggested condition number 7, as that is really contained now within the condition number 6.”
13. The special conditions of parole, we think, should be imposed for 18 months from time of release. We do note, however, that he has a sentence end date of 19 January 2018 and Mr King needs to be aware that he can be recallable up until that date if there is any further suggestion of offending in the community.
14. The Standard Conditions as set out in section 14 of the Parole Act 2002 are imposed for 18 months from release date of 29 June 2015.
15. The following Special Conditions are imposed for 18 months past release date of 29 June 2015.
(1) To be assessed and if found suitable undertake and complete appropriate treatment /counselling to the satisfaction of the Probation Officer and treatment/ programme provider. The details of the appropriate programme to be determined by your Probation Officer.
(2) To reside at [withheld], and not to move from that address without the prior written approval of a Probation Officer.
(3) To notify your Probation Officer prior to starting, terminating or changing your position or place of employment.
(4) To undertake budgeting advice to the satisfaction of the Probation Officer.
(5) You are not to have contact or otherwise associate with the victim(s) of your offending, directly or indirectly, unless you have the prior written consent of your Probation Officer.
Judge D Saunders