Stephen William **Suppressed** Kane
From the Christchurch Press 6th April 2015
A convicted paedophile deported from Australia is understood to have arrived in Canterbury to live with relatives. The 67-year-old man was escorted by two security officers on a flight from Perth on Friday night and arrived in Auckland on Saturday before being flown to Christchurch. The man, whose name is suppressed to protect his victim's identity, was sentenced to three years' jail in August 2013 for committing indecencies on a 10-year-old girl the year before. At the time of the sentencing Judge Simon Stone said he was satisfied the man had engaged in inappropriate behaviour with the girl for three or four years, but he was not being sentenced for the continuing abuse.
He spent 18 months in jail - the minimum time required - before being transferred on March 24 from Casuarina Prison near Perth to an immigration detention centre ahead of his deportation. His daughter said strict parole conditions were placed on him by Australian authorities "but now he's over there [in New Zealand] with absolutely nothing". The conditions stipulated he could have no contact with children, no computer access, should report regularly to police and would undergo random drug and alcohol testing. He was also banned from contacting his victim. The man's daughter said she was told it was up to New Zealand authorities to enforce those conditions on the man, but New Zealand police were not aware he was being deported from Australia this weekend until she contacted them on March 20.
She felt "huge" relief that her father was no longer living near her immediate family. "That feeling [of relief] hasn't lasted long. "To be honest it never really will until he's either in jail or he's no longer living." The man moved to Australia more than 25 years ago but still had a lot of relatives in New Zealand, including "lots of children", his daughter said. "He is a master manipulator. He manipulates not only the child, he doesn't just groom them, he manipulates the whole family. It's absolutely sickening. "I'm just desperate to get the absolute truth out there." The man is living with relatives in Canterbury who believe his protestations of innocence, she said. A police officer confirmed they were aware the man was now in their community but referred further queries to Canterbury district communications manager Lisa-Marie Brooks.
Brooks did not respond to requests for comment on Sunday, but a police spokesman earlier said they had been aware of the offender since September through information provided by Western Australian authorities. Police received further information about the man's immediate release on March 23, he said. A Corrections spokeswoman said the department would not comment on whether an individual was subject to any parole conditions. Corrections national commissioner Jeremy Lightfoot confirmed the department had been notified about the man being deported to New Zealand and staff liaised with authorities in Australia to get information about his level of risk. Corrections and police were working closely to identify and share information about deportees returning from Australia and a Child Protection Offender Register was expected to be operational by 2016, he said.
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Sentenced to 3 years in August 2013
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