Anthony Phillip Hitchcock
An axe murderer who killed an Oamaru woman while she was lying in bed 20 years ago continues to demonstrate aggressive and hostile behaviour, the Parole Board says.
Anthony Phillip Hitchcock, now 59, has been given a three-year parole postponement order by the board after a hearing on January 26.
Hitchcock was sentenced to life imprisonment with preventative detention in December 1996 for the murder of an Oamaru woman and the savagely abuse and torment of her 12-year-old daughter.
He struck the Oamaru woman five times with axe in September 1995, then woke up her 12-year-old daughter, gloating about his crime and showing off his bloodied axe.
Hitchcock tried to rape the girl, then subjected her to a hellish two-hour ordeal which included dragging her around her home by a telephone cord wrapped around her throat.
The names of the murdered woman and her daughter are permanently suppressed.
Hitchcock appeared for Parole Board to consider whether to give him a five-year postponement order after concerns were expressed by the board about his rehabilitation at an initial hearing on December 14.
The Parole Amendment Act came into force in September 2015 and gave it the power to stop offenders applying for parole for a maximum of five years, up from three years previously.
The board had heard in the December hearing about "aggressive and hostile" behaviour by Hitchcock that led to his departure from the graduates group of child sex offenders treatment programme Kia Marama.
"The board expressed concern about a lack of progress in demonstrating that he could apply the learning from Kia Marama or the extensive individual psychological counselling he has received," the report said.
Hitchcock was quoted before the January hearing as saying that a five-year postponement order would see him "lose hope" but at the hearing acknowledged that he needed to go through a period of delay.
"Hitchcock is fully aware that he has work to do which will take some time," the report said.
Hitchcock was amenable to returning to counselling and would like to be reintegrated into society, the report said. It was noted that he had "various" health problems.
The board said given Hitchcock's circumstances a three-year postponement was reasonable. If his circumstances changed significantly he would be able to apply to the board for an early parole.
As an English immigrant, Hitchcock will be deported back to the UK when released.
Date of Birth
1956 (D.O.B. is approximate)
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