The stepfather of a
Lower Hutt schoolgirl who was tortured and murdered has
slammed the Parole Board for making her killer eligible for
parole year after year.
Paul Joseph Dally, 52, who has spent almost 24 years in jail
for the 1989 murder of 13-year-old Karla Cardno, was denied
parole yesterday but is eligible for another hearing in a
But Cardno's stepfather, Mark Middleton, said the killer's
yearly parole hearings were a "farce" and Dally should never
"All of the hundreds of thousands of decent Kiwi people out
there ... I haven't come across anybody who wants [Dally] in
their neighbourhood. The man's too dangerous," Middleton told
Middleton said he refused to participate in the parole board
"I'm not going to be involved with a process that damages
"Because of what they did the last time ... Put him in our
bloody neighbourhood when he should have been in jail."
Dally was sentenced to life in prison in 1990 after snatching
13-year-old Karla from her bike as she rode home from the
local shops, dragged her to his house and repeatedly raped
and tortured her for 22 hours.
He later put her naked, bound and gagged in the boot of his
car and buried her alive in a shallow grave at Pencarrow
Middleton was convicted in 1999 for threatening to kill Dally
if he was freed from prison.