A notorious child killer has been arrested for allegedly
breaching parole conditions.
Allan Austin Hughes, now 38, was sentenced to a minimum of 14
years jail in 1994 over the fatal bashing of his girlfriend's
six-year-old son, John Ashfield, on the NSW south coast the
The then 20-year-old and the boy's mother, Gunn-Britt
Ashfield, attacked John in front of his siblings over the
course of several hours at their home in Nowra.
At one point they placed a telephone book on his head, then
repeatedly hit him with a hammer.
John died the next day in hospital.
Hughes was released on parole from Silverwater prison in
He was arrested on Friday for allegedly breaching his parole
Hughes was freed under strict bail conditions, including that
he not contact John's family or visit the Illawarra.
Hughes, who is living under a new name, recently moved in
with a woman and her two children in Kempsey on the north
The woman's sister reportedly became suspicious after he was
reluctant to have his photograph taken and when she searched
the internet she discovered his criminal past.
He was taken to Kempsey police station, following a report to
He has been refused bail to appear in Port Macquarie Local
Court later on Saturday.