Paul Bailey has been denied parole but will be able to
appear before the parole board again next year.
Owaka's Dawn Smith and her family are ''gutted'' the
killer of her teenage daughter will appear before the New
Zealand Parole Board again next year, despite being denied
parole when a parole board hearing released its decision
earlier this week.
Paul David Bailey (48), who was jailed for life after being
found guilty of the 1991 rape and murder of Kylie Smith,
appeared before the New Zealand Parole Board at a hearing in
Christchurch on Tuesday.
The hearing came after a three-year postponement.
The board in a statement yesterday confirmed it had declined
parole because it was not satisfied Bailey no longer posed an
undue risk to the community.
Bailey, who has served 21 years of his sentence, will be seen
again next year in accordance with the 12-month statutory
cycle. The board at that hearing will consider making another
postponement of up to three years.
''I'm very scared because up until now we have had three
postponements of three years. I'm scared it's a prelude to
his release,'' Mrs Smith told the Otago Daily Times
''We mistakenly thought life meant life [in prison].''
A month before the rape and murder of Kylie, Bailey was
charged with attempted rape in Ettrick and was on bail at the
time of the Owaka 15-year-old's death in 1991.
He was armed with a .22 calibre rifle when he approached
Kylie, who was riding a horse. He forced her into his car
then drove into an area of bush, where he raped and murdered
her. He was convicted for the crimes and imprisoned for life.
Mrs Smith and her late husband, Bevan, had fought to keep
Bailey in prison, for postponements of his parole hearings,
and for changes to the justice system.
Mr Smith died, aged 60, on Christmas Day 2011.
Mrs Smith yesterday said appearing before the parole board
was not difficult, but the waiting afterwards was.
The parole board is expected to release its written