No parole for man who supplied weapon

The man who supplied the rifle used in the murder of Greymouth mother Hayley Williams three years ago has been denied parole.

Anthony Robert Moore was jailed for three years and fours months for unlawful possession of a firearm and perverting the course of justice by concealing evidence.

He applied to the Parole Board for early release, but that was refused after a hearing at the end of July.

Although Moore’s final release date is December 2021, he had been released from prison previously but was recalled in February.

According to the Parole Board, Moore has five pages of previous convictions involving violence and dishonesty.

When last seen by the board in April, two allegations were held against him — one was for drug use, while the other was withheld by the Parole Board.

The charges he then faced were dismissed, however, the board stated that Moore had consumed drugs, as both cannabis and methamphetamine had been found in his system following testing.

It rejected Moore’s explanation that the methamphetamine had been put in a cake he had consumed.

Due to Moore’s current position, the board said he was a long-term opioid user and was at present on the methadone programme.

"It is clear to us that having been released on parole he has used drugs and he has used drugs when he is already on the methadone programme. This is obviously a matter of concern.

"We will see him again, therefore, by the end of October 2020 with the benefit of an alcohol and drugs assessment report which will identify what his drug and alcohol risk is and what the appropriate programme is for him."

The board deemed Moore to be an "undue risk" and he was refused parole.

George Warren, the man who murdered Ms Williams, was sentenced to life imprisonment. — Greymouth Star







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