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  •   Home > News > Law and Order

    Court to decide whether rapist is released

    A High Court judge is considering whether violent rapist Mark David Chisnall poses too great a risk to be released back into the community or not.

    Violent rapist Mark David Chisnall has listened in as High Court lawyers debated whether he posed too great a risk to be released back into the community or not.

    The 31-year-old was 14 when he raped an 8-year-old girl in a park in a small Taranaki town and has also been convicted of sexual attacks on a 7-year-old boy and a woman aged in her 20s.

    He finished his jail term in April last year, but has since been detained under interim detention.

    On Thursday, Justice Edwin Wylie listened to submissions from lawyers representing the Corrections Department and Chisnall, who appeared via video link.

    Corrections have called for Chisnall to be further detained under a public protection order to prevent him from re-offending.

    His lawyer Tony Ellis argued Chisnall should be released on strict conditions under an extended supervision order.

    Chisnall has been in detention at Christchurch Men's Prison since finishing his sentence at Paremoremo Prison in Auckland.

    Corrections were forced to seek his interim detention after making their application for a public protection order against him too close to the end of his official prison sentence sentence.

    Chisnall appealed the legality of the interim detention but had this dismissed by Chief Justice Dame Sian Elias in the Supreme Court in August.

    She agreed with health professionals that Chisnall posed a "very high risk of imminent serious sexual or violent offending" if he was released before a hearing could be held into his long term future.

    "He has limited self-control, absence of concern for victims and poor interpersonal relationships," she said.

    Justice Wylie is expected to announce his judgment about whether Chisnall should be detained under a public protection order before Christmas .


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