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KOHU - Dolphy Tetawhero - 21/05/15



Parole hearing

Under section 21(1) of the Parole Act 2002


Dolphy Tetawhero KOHU

Hearing: 21 May 2015
       at [WITHHELD]

Members of the Board: 
  Mr B McMurray (Acting Panel Convenor)
  Mr A Shaw
  Mr L Comer

Counsel: [WITHHELD]


1. Dolphy Kohu appeared before the  Board today for further consideration of parole.  Mr Kohu was recalled to prison on 10 March 2015 after an interim recall order was made on 10  February 2015.

2. He is serving two years six months’ imprisonment and has a sentence end date of 2  August 2015.

3. His RoC*RoI is 0.721 and he has a security classification in the prison system as low medium.

4. Mr Kohu was recalled to prison for two reasons:

 1.1. He committed a wilful damage offence when he travelled to the Tauranga area to buy a car. He thought the people who sold him the car had ripped him off so he smashed the windows of the car with an empty Vodka bottle.
 1.2. He breached his release conditions when he failed to report to his Probation Officer. 

5. Mr Kohu received a one month imprisonment sentence for the wilful damage and breach of release conditions on 19 March 2015, that sentence was not cumulative.

6. While his return to prison has not been all plain sailing, he has had two misconducts.  Mr Kohu presented today with a reasonable release proposal which included accommodation with his aunty. This is considered by probation to be a strong supportive environment.

7. When we look at the time left on his sentence and the special conditions proposed, the support that he has in the community, we consider that Mr  Kohu does qualify for parole given that in the next 10 weeks he is unlikely to commit any serious offending.  The offences for which he came to prison for were at the lower end of the scale.

8. We have also considered the unenviable record that Mr Kohu has built up over the last few years with his breaches of release conditions and we had a long discussion with him today about that and with his counsel Mr Barclay. 

9. We are satisfied that no further breaches are likely given that he has a completely different focus now he has to provide support to his partner who is pregnant and having health issues.

10. Accordingly Mr Kohu is to be released on Wednesday 3 June 2015.  He will be released on a curfew of 10.00 pm to 6.00 am until his sentence end date of 2 August 2015.

11. All standard and special conditions (except the curfew) will run for six months past his sentence end date.
      (1) To attend, participate in and adhere to the rules of a maintenance group once you have completed the departmental programme.
      (2) If directed, to undertake any treatment/counselling as deemed necessary by your Probation Officer, to the satisfaction of the Probation Officer and treatment provider. The details of the counselling or treatment to be determined by your Probation Officer.
      (3) To attend a psychological assessment as directed by your Probation Officer. Attend and complete any treatment/counselling as recommended by the psychological assessment to the satisfaction of your Probation Officer and treatment provider.
      (4) To reside at 9 Garrick Place, Rotorua, and not to move from that address without the prior written approval of a Probation Officer.
      (5) To remain at your approved address and observe a curfew between the hours of 10pm and 6am daily from the date of release until 2 August 2015, unless you have the prior written approval of a Probation Officer.
      (6) Not to have contact or otherwise associate with the victims of your offending, directly or indirectly, unless you have the prior written consent of your Probation Officer.



Mr B McMurray
Acting Panel Convenor