$200,000 bill since 'Beast' released

The convicted sexual predator known as the Beast of Blenheim has cost taxpayers more than $200,000 since his release from prison three months ago.

Figures released under the Official Information Act show the costs associated with Stewart Murray Wilson since his release are already more than double what it would cost to keep him behind bars for a year, TVNZ reports.

The Corrections Department has defended the $209,313 cost of Wilson's release, which includes legal bills and the cost of a two-bedroom house and alterations.

The costs associated since Wilson's August 29 release up until November 14 when the information was compiled include $24,183 in legal action and $164,383 on his house on Whanganui Prison grounds.

The cost of keeping a prisoner behind bars for a year is about $100,000, TVNZ reports.

Wilson was jailed for 21 years in 1996 after being convicted on 22 sex charges against women and children.

TVNZ said Corrections refused to release the cost of additional security for Wilson, saying it could not do so accurately.


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