One of New Zealand's most sadistic killers is still
refusing to accept responsibility for elements of his crime.
Hayden Taylor has spent more than 17 years in jail, serving
dual sentences of life imprisonment and preventive detention
after murdering pregnant teenager Nicola Rankin in September
1996 while on bail for raping former street worker Amanda
Taylor was denied parole at a Parole Board hearing earlier
In a decision released today, the Board said it had
reservations about Taylor's failure to take responsibility
for sexual elements of his offending.
Taylor maintained there was "no sexual motivation whatsoever"
for killing Nicola Rankin, the Board's report said.
However the Board said it did not find Mr Taylor's
explanation credible, as it was inconsistent with the
"If Mr Taylor is genuinely unable to recall the sexual
elements of his offending we do not think he should draw the
conclusion that there is an innocent explanation for this
Taylor told the Board he was now a changed man since
committing the crimes, but at that time had been selfish and
immature, leading a hedonistic lifestyle and engaging in
The Board ruled Taylor needed to be tested in a range of
situations before they could be satisfied he did not pose an
undue risk to the safety of the community.
In its decision the Board took the views of Taylor's victims
"Their lives continue to be deeply affected by Mr Taylor's
offending, and they remain opposed to his release," the Board
"Obviously parole must be denied today."
This was Taylor's seventh bid for parole.
In 1996 Taylor forced 18-year-old Rankin to walk into the
remote Riverhead Forest, 35km northwest of Auckland, and
bludgeoned her to death with a spade.
Her body was found in a shallow grave with her hands bound
behind her back and her underwear removed.
Taylor had just been released on bail for a strikingly
similar attack on Watt in April, in which he threatened her
with a knife, tied her hands behind her back and raped her in
He drove her to Muriwai Beach, where he tried to force her
into the sand dunes. However, fearing he would kill her, she
managed to persuade him to return to the city.