So, Wanganui is set to get a new resident come September; the Herald reports:
Serial sex offender Stewart Murray Wilson, dubbed the Beast of Blenheim, will live in the Wanganui area when he is released on September 1.News of Wilson's release had been embargoed until this afternoon to allow his victims to be informed of his release conditions, but broadcaster Michael Laws announced it on RadioLive this morning.In a statement, Laws, a former Wanganui mayor and current councillor, said the decision to relocate Wilson to near Wanganui "must be resisted"."My understanding is that Wilson is an unreconstructed, sexual recidivist who has a brain wired to sexually offend. Left to his own devices, as the Parole Board has pointed out, Wilson will create new victims. He will do severe damage."Laws said there was no guarantee that restrictions on Wilson imposed by Corrections would work."They have failed in the past.""I will certainly be suggesting to our council that, on behalf of the Wanganui district, we resist being the dumping place for 'The Beast'. We accept this one, and there will be other evil men that that will follow."
Blogging as we are at the moment from outside New Zealand, we are not yet sure what conditions the Parole Board has imposed on Wilson.
Whilst we acknowledge that Wilson has done his time, and that the state can longer hold him in prison, we are not going to say that we will welcome his arrival in the River City, because that would be untrue. We have strong concerns that he is likely to reoffend, and we have many female family, staff and friends who could be potential victims of this man.
On this occasion we agree with Michael Laws; thanks, but no thanks. Some other New Zealand town can have the Beast of Blenheim.