Paul Bailey in 2005.
The rehabilitation and reintegration of convicted killer
Paul David Bailey is expected to take time, a New Zealand
Parole Board decision notes.
Bailey (49) was jailed for life in 1992 after being found
guilty of the 1991 rape and murder of Kylie Smith.
The Otago Daily Times earlier this month reported the
49-year-old, who has spent 22 years in custody, had been
denied parole and would spend the next two years in prison.
A board decision following his April 30 hearing was released
It noted Bailey was in the final stages of the Kia Marama
Programme, a specialist prison treatment programme for child
Bailey was to complete the course next June, and then take
part in a graduates' group.
A psychological report noted Bailey had an intellectual
understanding of the factors which led to his offending,
struggled to express his emotions and found it difficult to
appreciate the impact of his offending.
''He also minimised his previous and ongoing high level of
sexual preoccupation and deviant fantasy, which is another
treatment target,'' the report noted.
The board noted he had made progress but ''we queried whether
the programme he is currently undertaking adequately
addresses all aspects of his offending, in particular the
violent and coercive behaviour and attitudes which led him to
murder his victim''.
''We would want to be reassured that he has completed his
rehabilitation before he embarks upon any reintegrative
activities, such as Release to Work.''
Bailey conceded at his hearing that even after he had
completed rehabilitation, reintegration would take some time
and his release plan was ''weak''.
The board made a two-year postponement order, and cautioned
that that decision did not mean Bailey would be released at
his next hearing.
''It is rather that the board thinks it appropriate to
reassess his position at that time and that any decisions
about release outside the wire, whether escorted or
unescorted, be deferred until that stage.''