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Grieving family to join Qld parole review

AAP logoAAP 9/08/2016 By Tracey Ferrier

The family of a slain Queensland grandmother hopes to be part of a review of the state's parole system.

The review was sparked by the death of 81-year-old Elizabeth Kippin, who died in a Townsville knife attack allegedly at the hands of a man who'd been released on parole the same day.

Nephew David Kippin has welcomed Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk's offer to involve people who've suffered as a result of parole board decisions, and his family would welcome the chance to be part of the review.

"We totally support any review that could potentially make something good out of something so terrible," Mr Kippin has told ABC radio.

"I know she's mentioned the victims should play a part in the review process and any reforms that happen, and I think that's a good thing and I think our family would like to be involved in that."

Former solicitor-general Walter Sofronoff QC will head the review, and is due to report back by November.

The government may consider the two-tiered system Victoria introduced following the rape and murder of Jill Meagher in 2012.

Ms Meagher, 29, was killed by Adrian Bayley, who was on parole for similar crimes, and a coroner has since described the tragedy as preventable.

Elizabeth Kippin's alleged attacker, Anthony O'Keefe, 32, was remanded in custody in the Townsville Magistrates Court last week, with the case to return to court in late October.

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