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MANUEL - Christopher Mana -29/09/2014

Parole hearing

Under section 21(1) of the Parole Act 2002

Christopher Mana MANUEL

Hearing: 29th September 2014  at [Withheld]

Members of the Board: 

      Alan Ritchie (Panel Convenor)
      Mr M Christensen
      Ms G Hughes


1. Christopher Mana Manuel, 34, appeared for the further consideration of parole on a sentence of nine years (six non-parole) for aggravated robbery, kidnapping and being a party to rape.

2. The prison security classification is minimum, the RoC*RoI 0.39557 and the sentence expiry date is 22 November 2015.

3. On 31 March 2014 the Board noted the completion of the [Withheld] and a continuation of psychological intervention.

4. At that point Mr Manuel had been on numerous temporary removals and was about to commence Release to Work.  The work in fact commenced in April 2014.  It has continued and we have a positive reference from the employer.

5. We also have an updating psychological assessment report dated 13 August 2014.  Risk has reduced from moderate to moderate/low and treatment has been completed.  The essential recommendation is a comprehensive release plan developed with the assistance of the case manager or CPS to cover areas of employment, accommodation, support, and a wh?nau hui to discuss risk factors.

6. There is a question mark over accommodation.  Mr Manuel is wishing to continue his work in [Withheld].  Release to his [Withheld] address in [Withheld] creates its own problems in terms of travel time.  Mr Manuel is prepared to do that but only on the short term.  He is hoping that the [Withheld] will be able to come up with a [Withheld] address for him either before his release or as soon as possible thereafter.

7. The Board adjourned this case until 1 October so that further information could come to us in relation to the address.

8. On resumption there was no significant change but we are satisfied that the accommodation with Mr Manuel’s [Withheld] will provide a suitable transitional address.

9. We are satisfied that Mr Manuel’s risk is no longer undue.  He will be released.  The release date will be 22 October 2014.  He will be subject to the standard conditions set out in Section 14 of the Parole Act 2002 and the following special conditions with all conditions continuing until six months beyond the statutory release date.
(1) If directed, to complete appropriate treatment/counselling (including parenting) to the satisfaction of your Probation Officer and treatment provider. The details of the counselling or treatment to be determined by your Probation Officer.
(2) If directed, to attend a psychological assessment or review. Attend and complete any treatment/counselling as may be recommended by the psychological assessment to the satisfaction of your Probation Officer and treatment provider.
(3) To reside at an address approved by a Probation Officer and not to move from that address without the prior written approval of a Probation Officer.
(4) Not to stay away overnight from your residence without prior written approval of a Probation Officer.
(5) To notify your Probation Officer before starting, terminating or changing your position or place of employment.
(6) To undertake budgeting advice to the satisfaction of the Probation Officer.
(7) To engage in a whanau hui, as directed by your Probation Officer.
(8) Not to have contact or otherwise associate with any victim of your offending, directly or indirectly, unless you have the prior written consent of your Probation Officer.
(9) Not to communicate or associate with your co-offender, directly or indirectly, unless you have the prior written consent of your Probation Officer.
(10)  Not to possess or consume alcohol or illicit drugs.


Alan Ritchie
Panel Convenor