Tamihere parole hearing put off

NZ Newswire Updated November 15, 2012, 12:40 pm

Convicted murderer David Tamihere has had his hearing over breaching his parole put off for six months.

Tamihere, convicted in 1990 of killing Swedish backpackers Urban Hoglin and Heidi Paakonen on the Coromandel Peninsula, was released on parole under the condition that he stay away from the murder scene.

But he was flown over the murder scene by TV One's Sunday programme earlier this year, which the Department of Corrections says is a breach of parole.

A hearing on the alleged breach was due to be held in Waitakere District Court in west Auckland on Thursday.

But Tamihere's lawyer Murray Gibson successfully sought an adjournment as he said there were important documents he hadn't received in time.

Mr Gibson confirmed the hearing had been put off until May 8.

Tamihere, who was remanded at large, told reporters outside court he didn't mind the wait as he'd "waited 20 years".

In April the Parole Board declined to recall him to prison after an application by the Department of Corrections.

It said he had been "incredibly stupid" to make the flight, but said: "He is not, in our view, any greater risk to the public safety than he was previously."

Tamihere has always denied his guilt for the murders.

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