The father of murdered Lower Hutt schoolgirl Karla Cardno
wants to stay behind bars to complete a child sex offenders
Gary John Duffin, 59, is serving a nine-year jail term for
the rape of a 14-year old girl, just two years after his
13-year-old daughter, Karla was kidnapped, raped, tortured
and buried alive.
Duffin's wife, Sharyn Lee Hills, was also found guilty of
drugging and raping the girl who worked at the couple's Mt
Victoria brothel as an underage prostitute.
Yesterday (TUESDAY) it was revealed that 51-year old Hills --
sentenced to seven years' imprisonment -- has already been
released. But Duffin told a Parole Board hearing inside a
Christchurch prison yesterday that he wasn't ready to rejoin
The Parole Board heard that Duffin was 12 weeks away from
completing the Kia Marama programme -- a specialist prison
treatment programme for child sex offenders.
Paedophiles and rapists who undergo professional
psychological treatment while behind bars are 30 per cent
less likely to reoffend when released, studies say.
"I'm quite enjoying it. I've a real desire to make positive
changes in my life," a composed shaven-headed Duffin, wearing
a grey jersey, blue trackpants, sandals and socks, said
Paul Dally snatched Karla off her bicycle on May 26, 1989,
and repeatedly raped and tortured her for 22 hours before
burying her on a beach near Wellington.
Two years later Duffin and Hills drugged and raped a young
girl -- not much older than Karla.
At sentencing, the late defence lawyer Greg King said the
death of Duffin's daughter should be taken into account.
Last year when Duffin was denied parole, he told the board:
"I must admit I may have used some things as an excuse."
Yesterday he did not seek release from prison, saying he
wanted to first complete the Kia Marama programme.
"The board is pleased to hear that," said board panel member
On his eventual release, Duffin said he planned to return to
the lower North Island where his family support network is.
"They've all supported me through this journey," Duffin said.
The hearing was told that Hills had completed her sentence
and was living in the North Island.
Her current release conditions prevent her from having
contact with Duffin.
"I wouldn't interfere with her progress or try and see her,"
But he did admit that he would like to reunite with his
partner of 30 years in the future.
"I'm quite happy to go on with my life alone, but I do know
we've both made positive changes."
The board praised Duffin for his honesty and encouraged his
He was declined parole and will be assessed again in just
under 12 months.
Duffin quietly thanked the board before being led back into
June 2009 - Duffin and Hills are charged with five sex
offences including sexual violation and rape, as well as 10
counts of supplying a Class C drug to a minor
October 2009 - Duffin and Hills are found guilty by a High
Court jury of raping a 14-year-old girl. Duffin was also
found guilty of indecent assault and an additional charge of
January 2010 - Duffin was sentenced to nine years in prison,
and Hills to seven years
September 2013 - Duffin was denied parole after he appeared
before the Parole Board at Rimutaka Prison
August 19, 2014 - Duffin was again denied parole