The convicted sexual predator known as the Beast of Blenheim
has cost taxpayers more than $200,000 since his release from
prison three months ago.
Figures released under the Official Information Act show the
costs associated with Stewart Murray Wilson since his release
are already more than double what it would cost to keep him
behind bars for a year, TVNZ reports.
The Corrections Department has defended the $209,313 cost of
Wilson's release, which includes legal bills and the cost of
a two-bedroom house and alterations.
The costs associated since Wilson's August 29 release up
until November 14 when the information was compiled include
$24,183 in legal action and $164,383 on his house on
Whanganui Prison grounds.
The cost of keeping a prisoner behind bars for a year is
about $100,000, TVNZ reports.
Wilson was jailed for 21 years in 1996 after being convicted
on 22 sex charges against women and children.
TVNZ said Corrections refused to release the cost of
additional security for Wilson, saying it could not do so