NSW parole system under spotlight

NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell says he’d like to see violent offenders locked away forever after a woman was allegedly assaulted by a paroled criminal.


Terrence Leary, 46, is back in jail over the alleged attack on a woman on Wednesday evening, which happened while he was on parole for the murder of a 17-year-old girl in 1990.

The parole authority had denied Leary’s bid for parole six times, believing he had not dealt with his offending behaviour.

However he was released on parole in August as he approached the end of his sentence.

‘It’s an appalling situation,’ Mr O’Farrell told Macquarie Radio on Friday.

‘Like members of the community, I’d like to see these people locked up forever and the key thrown away.

‘But unfortunately that’s not how the legal system in this country works.’

Mr O’Farrell said the NSW legal system had served the state well but it could be improved.

He said following the Jill Meagher murder case in Melbourne, Attorney General Greg Smith had asked Corrective Services NSW for a review of the handling of serious sex offenders on parole.

‘This incident in NSW will be part of that review to see what we can do when it comes to the release of prisoners from parole,’ Mr O’Farrell said.


Source: Sky News Australia

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