Christopher Wayne Patterson
NZ Herald story here
This from the Otago Daily Times
Mr Hutchings' sister Sarah, 17, said yesterday she was angry that Field could be released next week after serving less than one year including the time spent in custody awaiting trial.
"I thought I would have at least another year to heal, to work things through in my head. Someone should do something to make sure that this does not happen again."
She told the Otago Daily Times that the news of Field's release – which she was informed about by media yesterday – had been a blow to her family, and that the entire justice system had let them down.
"I had absolutely no warning that this was going to happen. I have received no official information from the Parole Board, from police, or from any other court or justice department. "My family and I were let down and blown away by the sentencing and now we are being let down by the Parole Board. I'm so angry and upset about the whole thing."
But Parole Board spokeswoman Sonja de Friez said today the board has no role in releasing offenders who have sentences of two years of less, and called Ms Hutchings' comments "incorrect and inappropriate".
"In this case, the offender's sentence means the board has no involvement in either the offender or any registered victims. "The release of offenders, and the informing of victims is a role the board takes with the utmost consideration and seriousness."
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Sentenced to thirteen years minimum in October 2008
Eligible for parole January 2021
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