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VAN WAKEREN - Ronald - 23/11/2015


Parole hearing

Under section 21(2) of the Parole Act 2002


Hearing: 23 November 2015 at [Withheld]  via Video Conference to New Zealand Parole Board Head Office, Wellington

Members of the Board: 
      Judge M Behrens QC (Panel Convenor)
      Ms M Coleman
      Mr P Elenio

Counsel: [Withheld]

Support People: [Withheld]



1. Ronald Van Wakeren is 44 and he is serving 12 years three months for more than 70 charges of dishonesty and burglary.  He has been in prison for approximately eight years and his sentence end date is 26 December 2019.  His RoC*RoI is 0.70992.

2. Mr Van Wakeren has completed the rehabilitation aspect of his sentence and this Board and recent past boards have dwelt largely on arrangements for reintegration.  We note and accept that in all of the previous sentences Mr Van Wakeren did, he did not take part in any programmes.  In terms of rehabilitation he has had psychological assistance to develop a safety plan which focused on his gaining a deeper understanding of his risk factors and also developing coping skills.  He is said to have engaged well in the treatment sessions and has added to skills previously developed during his sentence.  A treatment report dated 22 July 2015 has him at high risk of getting into fraudulent schemes and suggests that if there is no release then he go to Self Care.

3. The last Board decision was hopeful that he might have been assessed for Release to Work but for whatever reason that has not happened.  That was not his fault.

4. We have heard from Mr Van Wakeren today and from his counsel, [Withheld] who makes an argument that Mr Van Wakeren can be released and with the appropriate special conditions can be released without undue risk.  We have come to the conclusion that those conditions will mean that if he is released he can be monitored in the community and will not be an undue risk of re-offending between release and sentence end date.

5. Accordingly he can be released on 7 December on the usual standard conditions and on the special conditions set out in the parole assessment report as amended by us.  We confirm in terms of the report that residential restrictions are available and they will be ordered between 9.00 pm and 6.00 am daily.  We intend to subject Mr Van Wakeren to a monitoring hearing by 30 June 2016 and the residential restrictions will apply until that date so that they can be considered by the Board doing the monitoring hearing.

6. Another condition we have added is that he is not to enter a licensed gaming premises and of course there is the condition that he is not to access the internet.  The standard and special conditions will operate to sentence end date subject to the possibility of review from time to time.

7. The Special Conditions are:  
   (1) To comply with the requirements of electronic monitoring.
   (2) To undertake and complete appropriate treatment, counselling or programme as may be directed to the satisfaction of your Probation Officer and service provider.  The details of the treatment or counselling may include a problem gambling assessment or any other intervention to address identified offending needs.
   (3) Not possess or use any electronic device that is capable of accessing the internet for any purpose for the duration of your sentence without the prior written approval of your Probation Officer.
   (4) To attend for a psychological assessment.  Attend and complete any treatment/counselling as recommended by the psychological assessment to the satisfaction of your Probation Officer and treatment provider.
   (5) To attend a whanau hui at an approved venue within a timeframe to be determined by your Probation Officer.
   (6) To reside at [Withheld] and not to move from that address or any subsequent approved address without the prior written approval of a Probation Officer.
   (7) Upon release from prison travel directly to [Withheld]  and await the arrival of a Probation Officer and the monitoring company representative.
   (8) From 7 December until 30 June 2016 you are not to be found away from [Withheld]  between the hours of 9.00pm and 6.00am, seven days a week, unless absent with the prior written approval of a Probation Officer.
   (9) Not to undertake any employment, paid or unpaid, without the prior written approval of a Probation Officer.
   (10) 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.
   (11) Not to enter any premises licensed for gambling.
   (12) Not to contact, communicate with or be in the presence of Mr Kapa or any other co-offender unless you have the prior written consent of your Probation Officer.
   (13) To comply with any direction issued in accordance with section 29B(2)(b) of the Parole Act requiring you to attend a hearing notified to you in writing for the purpose of Parole Board monitoring of compliance with your release conditions.


Judge M Behrens QC
Panel Convenor