Parole Board Denies Parole But Supports Restorative Justice Meeting |TODAY|
Submitted by dan. on 2007-07-10 21:04.
Convicted Timaru murderer Robert Leslie Smith has been declined parole for the third time. However, the Parole Board has supported Smith's desire to seek a restorative justice meeting in order to apologise to the victim's family.
"He himself is keen on attending a restorative justice meeting with the family members of his victim who wish to do that. In the past he has made inquiries about that in order to properly apologise to them.
"He realises that these are words only, but he still wishes to do it if they will agree to it. We also support his doing that if at all possible.
"Of course it will be up to the victim's family whether they wish to attend such a meeting, but we ask that it be progressed if at all possible."... .
"We are impressed however with the way he conducted himself today in front of us. He was open about what happened originally. He was open about what had happened during his prison term and he conducted himself with dignity throughout the occasion."Read it all.
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