Jarrod Allan Mangles, who murdered Arrowtown woman Maureen
McKinnel 25 years ago, has been declined parole as he ''poses
an undue risk to the safety of the community'', the Parole
Board has decided.
Miss McKinnel (38) was strangled to death at her parents'
Arrowtown holiday home on Boxing Day 1987, her body thrown
over the Arrow River bridge, and discovered four days later.
Her family did not want to comment, other than to say they
supported the Parole Board's decision.
Police investigated around 500 people in connection with her
murder, including Mangles who was aged 15 at the time of her
Mangles was arrested in Nelson on a disorderly charge in
January 2003, and agreed to a voluntary blood sample.
That sample proved he was four billion times more likely to
be the same person who left material under her fingernails
than any other person.
He was sentenced on April 6, 2004, to a minimum non-parole
period of 10 years. Last week, the 40-year-old appeared
before a three-member New Zealand Parole Board which, in a
three-page decision released yesterday, declined his parole.
''Looking at the material overall, there is no question in
our mind that Mr Mangles poses an undue risk to the safety of
the community,'' the board concluded.
''Parole must be declined.''
It was Mangles first consideration of parole on his life
sentence for murder.
He had a low prison security classification at an undisclosed
New Zealand prison.
The board noted Mangles had been consistent in claiming to
have no memory of the murder, and sentencing notes indicated
he was probably under the influence of alcohol and possibly
The board noted ''the profound suffering caused to members of
the deceased's family who are, of course, victims
A January psychological assessment report assessed Mangles'
risk as high, and he was noted as being ''ambivalent'' about
participation in programmes such as the Special Treatment
Unit Rehabilitation Programme (Sturp).
That programme provides treatment to serious violent
offenders with a high risk of reoffending.
Mangles told the Parole Board he was motivated to attend such
It was recommended he be placed on the programme as soon as
''Whatever way we look at things, however, there is a long
way to go for Mr Mangles not only in terms of rehabilitation
but also reintegration which will have to proceed on a very
gradual and cautious basis,'' the board noted.
Mangles told the board he did not see parole being a
realistic possibility ''within the next several years''.
The board was of the view Mangles should be next seen by an
Extended Board for a postponement order, which is given to an
offender deemed not suitable for release at the time when
they were next due to be considered for parole.
A psychological report and parole assessment of Mangles noted
his memory loss after a severe beating by the Road Knights
gang in 1999.
Mangles was in a coma for several days following the assault
and required reconstructive surgery to his head, other parts
of his body, and he lost an eye.
That psychological report raised the question of ''whether Mr
Mangles is really unable to remember the detail of the
offending or whether he is simply avoiding the issues''.