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Costs awarded to prisoner let out late

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 9/11/2016

A man who successfully argued hundreds of prisoners' release dates were calculated wrong by Corrections has been awarded more than $30,000 in costs over the case.

The Supreme Court in September ruled Corrections had been wrongly interpreting the Parole Act 2002 and was miscalculating parole and release dates, meaning 500 prisoners were up for early release and 21 had to be let go immediately.

Michael Marino, one of two men who brought the Supreme Court case, has now been awarded $33,400 by the court.

The court also found because Mr Marion was legally aided, the costs should be limited to what's approved by the Legal Services Commissioner for a standard two-day hearing.

Mr Marino is also seeking compensation for his late release in the High Court, but that case is not set to be heard until next year.

He was first charged and remanded in custody in February 2015, and later faced further charges.

He was sentenced to concurrent terms of 22 months and 12 months.

The Supreme Court said Corrections wrongly calculated Mr Marino's pre-sentence detention, and the release date it worked out was incorrect, meaning he had spent around four months too long

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