Wednesday, 8 August 2012

When Hysteria And Persecution Become The Norm

Last updated 13:35 08/08/2012

Prison home release for Beast of Blenheim

"Sex offender Stewart Murray Wilson will have to live in a house on prison property in Whanganui following his release from Christchurch's Rolleston Prison on September 1.

The condition is among a raft of strict controls that will be in place for the so-called Beast of Blenheim's release, revealed by the Parole Board today.

Wilson, 65, was jailed for 21 years in March 1996, one of New Zealand's longest sentences at the time, after being convicted on 22 sex charges against women and children spanning from 1971 to 1994, including rape, stupefying or attempting to stupefy, attempted rape, bestiality, ill treatment of children, assault and indecent assault. His sentence officially ends in December 2015 but the board must release him on September 1 because he will have served his mandatory jail term under old sentencing rules, despite being assessed at high risk of reoffending.

Last month, a 10-year extended supervision order was imposed on Wilson, meaning the Corrections Department could closely monitor him until 2025, when he would be 78 years old.

As predicted, one of 17 special conditions of his release will make him the first child sex offender tracked by global positioning technology (GPS) on parole.

Also, he will be forced to live in a rental house on Whanganui Prison property, which is yet to be erected and awaits resource consent, but is expected to be ready in time for his release.

In today's decision, the Parole Board said Wilson had spent 18 years in jail and under normal circumstances, he would have expected a release "relatively free of restrictions".

However, its paramount consideration was community safety.

"Overall we believe that the conditions will protect the victims and the community at large.""

Sex offender's victims 'fleeing the country' 

Aug 7, 2012 22:05 Moscow Time

Anti-pedophile [sic] police squads to be created in Russia

"The Russian Interior Ministry will create special anti-pedophile squads in large and smaller cities.

The move is part of the government’s crackdown on pedophilia-related [sic] crimes that often result in children being killed and trigger a huge outcry.

There has been a whole string of such crimes - in Pyatigorsk, the Vladimir region, and other Russian regions – in recent months."

PUBLISHED: 18:53, 7 August 2012 | UPDATED: 08:27, 8 August 2012

Sexism row as children's play centre bans fathers and all boys aged over nine

"Branded 'disgusting and sexist' for 'no men rule'

Equality watchdog will investigate the centre's policy
Decision made for 'cultural reasons' in the interests of the 'predominantly Asian' community

A children's play centre has barred fathers from attending with their children and is now facing an investigation by equality watchdogs.

Kids Go Wild is believed to be the first such play centre in the country to introduce a ‘women only’ policy – which also bans boys over the age of nine.

Bosses at the centre, which opened less than a fortnight ago, claim the policy was instigated for ‘cultural reasons’ and was in the interests of the ‘predominantly Asian’ local community."

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