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Child killer hit with parole postponement

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 7/04/2016
Jules Pierre Mikus © YouTube/Nh6central Jules Pierre Mikus

A man serving preventive detention for the rape and murder of a Napier schoolgirl will not be considered for parole for another five years.

Jules Pierre Mikus, 57, was sentenced to life imprisonment and preventive detention in 2002 after he was found guilty of the 1987 rape and murder of six-year-old Teresa Cormack.

While parole was declined in December, the Parole Board had to wait to determine whether a postponement order - extending the period before his next hearing - would be issued after Mikus wasn't served with adequate notice.

Mikus indicated he would make submissions to the Parole Board regarding the order, but did not do so.

Teresa Cormack © YouTube/christskid101 Teresa Cormack "That is consistent with his non engagement with the parole process right from the beginning," the board said.

"Nor has he taken any steps to address his very serious sexual and violent offending."

Mikus has a very high risk of sexual re-offending with the board reasoning that even if he did begin rehabilitation now, it would be at least five years until he would be fit for release.

The postponement order means that Mikus will not be eligible to apply for parole until 2020 unless there is significant change in his circumstances.

It is the second time a postponement order has been issued against him after a three-year order was applied in 2012.

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