Malcolm George Chaston
Sentenced to life with a 20 year minimum non-parole period in April 2011
A 9 year preventive detention sentence was also imposed
Earliest parole date February 2030
Following Chaston's guilty plea in February, the NZ Herald revealed how prison officers feared the violent sex offender would commit further heinous crimes before he went on to kill, saying Chaston spoke openly while behind bars of wanting to hurt women and "become famous". Chaston has a history of violent and sexual offending going back at least 22 years. While he was in jail, several prison officers were so worried about Chaston's risk of further crimes that they wrote emails which were sent on to authorities and politicians. "It really turns my stomach to think that [the killing] was preventable," said Miss Pickering's mother, Rachel Kitson.
In one email, sent by a prison officer to the Sensible Sentencing Trust (SST) in October, 2007 - a few months before Chaston's automatic release date - the officer warned that Chaston was a "very dangerous man indeed". "I know some poor female ... sleeping at this moment will at some time ... be confronted by this monster," the officer wrote. "I have come across two or three prisoners who have shared a cell with this man and all have told me the same thing. He has told them that when he gets out he is going to commit some atrocities against women and become famous. "I know this man and feel he's more than capable of doing unspeakable things to women. He knows how easy it is in prison and fits in really well - so well that when he gets out he will do anything to get back in."
Another officer's emails in 2007 warned: "Malcolm Chaston will be released early next year, he is bragging to everyone that he is going to rape and murder 'some shiela (sic)' so he can make a big name for himself and come back to prison as top dog". "He loves prison, he fits in well and will definitely come back but not until some poor woman gets murdered. Who will be responsible when he does this?" Ms Kitson said there was no good reason to have let Chaston out. "He's just evil to the core. I just don't want any other family to go through what we have been through, but I know there will be heaps more."
Date of Birth
1969 (D.O.B. is approximate)
Vanessa Anne Pickering
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Associated Media Links Malcolm Chaston: Violence for a middle name
Malcolm George Chaston Appeal Notes
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