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KUKA - Lisa Michell - 07/03/2013

KUKA - Lisa Michell - 07/03/2013 

Parole hearing

Under Section 21 (1) of the Parole Act 2002


Lisa Michell KUKA
7 March 2013 at (withheld)

Members of the Board
Judge C Henwood - Panel Convenor
Mr M Christensen
Mr B McMurray


Decision of the Board


1.                   Lisa Michell Kuka is serving a sentence of nine years for manslaughter.  This is in respect of persistent and violent abuse of Nia Glassie and there were co-offenders and this little child ultimately died from her injuries.  Ms Kuka was her mother and was found guilty of manslaughter on the basis of failing to protect her.  Nia was not taken to hospital.  She was injured by numerous persons in the house and the full extent of the involvement of Lisa Kuka is that she failed without lawful excuse to perform the legal duties of the parent to provide the necessaries for her including medical care and treatment.

2.                   She has spoken to us at the Board today and it has taken her a long time to come to terms with her responsibility for the death of her daughter.  We understand that she has had some psychological counselling and has started to come to terms with her role in this persistent and violent abuse, and ultimate death Nia Glassie.

3.                   She has been in custody now for five years and she has been a good prisoner and compliant.  She has agreed to undertake the Kowhiritanga Programme which will build on the psychological counselling that she has already undertaken to date.  She did leave an earlier programme due to being upset relating to a television programme that had been viewed on air and brought up, in the programme, in front of the other participants.  She took exception to that.  Nevertheless she has otherwise been trying hard in prison to confront her offending and look for a brighter future. 

4.                   We know that she will do the Kowhiritanga Programme, which is especially designed for those who offend against children.  She also plans to take part in a reintegration programme and hopes to eventually move to Self Care, undertake release to work, and gradually integrate herself into the community.  She has been thinking of these matters and hopes to obtain release to work as soon as she is able.

5.                   She remains an undue risk to the safety of the community at this time.  She will be seen in 12 months by which time she will have completed Kowhiritanga and the Board asks for an updated psychological report for the hearing in 12 months time.

6.                   Parole declined.

Judge C Henwood
Panel Convenor


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a)     Failed to comply with procedures in the Parole Act 2002; or
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