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RATIMA, Raymond Wahia - 04/02/2015

Parole hearing
Under section 21(1) of the Parole Act 2002

At (withheld)

Members of the Board: 
Hon J W Gendall QC
Assoc. Prof. P Brinded
Ms L Campbell
Mr J Thomson

Counsel: (withheld)

In Attendance: (withheld)

Decision of the Board

1. Raymond Wahia Ratima is serving a sentence of life imprisonment imposed on 6 September 1992 for the appalling killing of his three sons and close relatives.  This led to seven convictions for murder.  In addition he has convictions for attempted murder. 
2. He was last seen by the Board on 3 November 2014 when parole was declined.  He had been subject to postponement orders in 2003, 2008 and 2012.  The Board declined parole and notice was given to Mr Ratima that he would be subject to a possible postponement order at the next hearing.  He was seen today solely for considering the issue of postponement.
3. (withheld), his counsel, advised that he did not seek parole, which was realistic. That at present is out of the question.  It is not necessary to go into any detail for the reasons for that as, in any event, parole was not on the table.
4. (withheld) agreed that there should be a postponement order because there was considerable counselling, treatment and the strengthening of reintegration plans required which would take some considerable time.  He said that the postponement order should be for a period of two years.
5. We are of the view it should be for a period of three years under section 27(2).  Accordingly a postponement for that period from the time Mr Ratima was last seen by the Board on 3 November 2014 is made.  He has been advised that under section 27(3) he may apply at any time to the Board for consideration of parole on the grounds that there had been a significant change in his circumstances.

Hon J W Gendall QC
Panel Convenor