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SKUDDER - Andre Tipi Rangi Wiremu - 04/11/2014


Parole hearing

Under section 21(1) of the Parole Act 2002


Andre Tipi Rangi Wiremu SKUDDER

Hearing: 4 November 2014 at [withheld]

Members of the Board: 
      Judge Behrens QC (Panel Convenor)
      Mr D Hauraki
      Ms S Pakura


1. Andre Skudder is 45 and has been serving 14 years for eight rapes and four breaches of release conditions.  He has been paroled twice and re-called twice.  The last re-call being on 5 May 2014.  A parole decision of 6 August last refused parole out of concern about the victim’s presence in Hastings and the Board asked Community Corrections and Police to locate her address.  It is now confirmed that she is living in [Withheld].

2. Mr Skudder’s sentence end date is 15 October 2015.  He is still high security but for review on 3 December 2014.  He has no further rehabilitative programmes to do and has a good employment record in prison and while on parole.  He appears to have good support from [withheld] and he has wh‚nau in the area where he wishes to live.

3. The psychological assessment that has been done has him as having a high likelihood of re-offending and risk of harm to others and a reference to his needing psychological assistance on parole.  When last on parole it is noteworthy that although there were breaches he did not re-offend in any way.

4. We are of the view that should Mr Skudder be released he would not be an undue risk of re-offending despite his poor record in that department.  We note what is said about the psychological assistance but think that can be covered by the special condition 1 which is a generic condition requiring him to attend and complete any counselling thought appropriate by the Probation Officer.  We have deleted condition 4 and note that the prohibition remains against entering the Hastings District without the prior approval from a Probation Officer.  We have deleted conditions 9 and 10.  The amended special conditions and standard conditions will remain until the sentence end date but Mr Skudder can now be released on 15 April 2015 to the address below..
   (1) To attend and complete any such counselling, programme or treatment to address identified offending behaviour as may be directed by and to the satisfaction of the Probation Officer.
   (2) To reside [withheld] and not to move from that address without the prior written approval of a Probation Officer.
   (3) 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.
   (4) Not to enter the Hastings District without prior approval from a Probation Officer.
   (5) Not to consume or possess alcohol and illicit drugs.
   (6) Not to communicate or associate with any gang members or gang associates, unless you have the prior written consent of your Probation Officer.



Judge Behrens QC
Panel Convenor