Josie Deon Palmer
A Tauranga rapist who broke into a woman's home and attacked her while she was sleeping was discovered in another woman's bedroom less than two days after completing home detention.
A 21-year-old Tauranga woman awoke in her city home to find Josie Deon Palmer, 29, beside her bed, staring at her about 6.30am on April 14 - just two days after he had come off home detention.
He had served two-thirds of a 10-year sentence for rape.
Police and the Parole Board have said they were powerless to stop Palmer reoffending, but both victims and their families are angry nothing more could be done.
Both women feel that Palmer entered the property with intent to rape again - although police could only charge him with burglary.
Palmer has now been sent back to prison to continue serving his rape sentence.
A Parole Board spokeswoman confirmed that Palmer was released on home detention in January.
The final three months of an offender's custodial sentence is served on home detention as a stepping-stone from prison back into society.
Palmer was required to wear an electronic monitoring anklet until April 12 - but two days later he committed the burglary.
Palmer was on home detention because his offending occurred in 1999 before the Parole Act 2002 came into legislation, she said.
In April, Palmer entered the woman's second-storey unit after climbing up the outside of her house. He then went into her bedroom and crouched down to watch her sleep. The woman awoke and told him to leave. Palmer did so and drove away.
But he returned about 30 minutes later and was found climbing up the side of the home when the woman's uncle arrived home from a night shift.
Date of Birth
1977 (D.O.B. is approximate)
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Associated Media Links Josie Deon Palmer Appeal Notes 1999
Josie Deon Palmer Sentencing Notes 2011
OFFENCES / CONVICTIONS
|Event Date||Event||Court Location||Offence Type||Offence Date||Committed While||Sentence Imposed|
|07-04-2011||Sentencing Date is approx||High Court Hamilton||Indecent assault||10-07-2010||Preventive Detention||▼|