Manukau Courier : January 10th 2014
www.manukaucourier.co.nz NEWS MANUKAU COURIER, JANUARY 10, 2014 Murderer denied parole A WOMAN serving a life sentence for the murder of a South Auckland man has been denied parole. Daniella Kohuroa Bow- man, 31, was jailed for life after she and two others murdered Raymond Mullins at a Papatoetoe factory where he lived in 1999. Bowman’s co-accused, sisters Natalie Fenton, aged 15 at the time, and Katrina Fenton, then aged 19, were also found guilty of murder. Bowman has been on a release-to-work programme while she is serving her prison sentence and was initially given a release date of November 25, 2013 by the parole board. But it revoked its decision because it found she had fabricated facts about her job and supported accommodation. ‘‘Ms Bowman’s approach to the resignation from her job, and some of her subsequent behaviour, reflects a lack of maturity that is to be expected of someone who entered prison at a young age and has had no chance to grow up in the community,’’ the board’s decision read. ‘‘A prisoner has a limited ability to practise good decision-making in prison. It takes practice to learn to make good decisions, to accept help from others in making those decisions and to take full responsibility once those decisions are made.’’ The board found Bowman would only be able to ‘‘fully develop these skills’’ once she is able to live in a supported way back in the community. At her initial parole hear- ing on November 6, Bowman advised the board she would be able to take a month off work to enable her to settle into her parole commitments. However, a week later, the parole board found that before her hearing, Bowman’s request for time off had been declined. Bowman had subsequently resigned from her job without informing the board and as a result her accommodation and support on her release from prison were withdrawn. The board noted that Bow- man was in prison for ‘‘an extremely serious crime’’. ‘‘She has spent most of her Drivers ignore crashed vehicle By SIMON SMITH By DUBBY HENRY A driver who noticed a car go off the road ahead of him in a column of traffic is disappointed nobody else stopped to help. Mike Spiers was driving on Monday afternoon in a 100kmh zone on Ormiston Rd in Flat Bush when he noticed a cloud of dust appear next to the road ahead. ‘‘And as we got closer I could see a pair of wheels in the paddock and I said to the wife, ‘there’s a car just gone off there’.’’ Mr Spiers and his wife found a green Toyota Sprinter had landed upside down in a paddock next to Caldwells Rd. It had skidded on gravel, narrowly passed between two sturdy posts and crashed through a stock fence to tumble down a small embankment. ‘‘Not one other motorist stopped to see if there was anything going on,’’ he says. ‘‘My wife tried to get down the bank as quick as she could because the driver was out of the vehicle but we couldn’t ascertain if there was anybody else in the vehicle.’’ Otara fire station officer Brendon Lawson says the driver managed to get out before firefighters arrived and only suffered a few cuts and bruises. Mr Spiers says the middle-aged man is lucky. ‘‘I’m glad he missed the strainer posts, otherwise it would have been a completely different story. It is a bit of excitement for the day. I’m glad that nobody’s been hurt, that’s the main thing.’’ Upside down: This vehicle came off the road and only one car in a line of traffic stopped to see if its occupants were OK. Photo: SIMON SMITH A lawyer who pushed for a bridge from Karaka to Weymouth has been appointed to Auckland Council’s Unitary Plan hearings panel. The Government has picked barrister Peter Fuller as one of eight independent commissioners who will hear submissions and make recommendations on the proposed Auckland Unitary Plan. Mr Fuller represented the Karaka Collective, a group of landowners who early last year pushed for the city’s boundaries to extend further west into Karaka with thousands of new homes to be built there. The developers and Mr Fuller lobbied for a bridge between Weymouth and Karaka to cope with the resulting traffic, to the horror of residents on both sides of the Manukau. Objections from residents and local politicians meant the bridge was eventually scrubbed. Mr Fuller declined to com- ment on his appointment to the hearings panel. Past presentations and reports show he is strongly in favour of opening up new land in Auckland. The short supply of land in Auckland is ‘‘the primary contributing factor to housing affordability problems’’, according to his submission to the recent parliamentary select committee on housing adult life in prison and, as noted in previous decisions, her release into the community will present significant challenges,’’ the decision read. The board found Bow- man’s behaviour raised issues about her ability to make good decisions when things got stressful in the community, to be open and honest with her supporters and to use those supporters to assist her in learning to live successfully outside prison. She will reappear before the board in February. Bowman’s co-accused, Natalie Fenton, was declined parole last month because of her inconsistent behaviour in prison. Katrina Fenton was granted parole in 2012. All three were jailed for life after Natalie Fenton stabbed Mullins repeatedly with a steak knife. Bowman and Katrina Fenton hit him with heavy objects. After the killing, they claimed they were fending off Mullins’ sexual advances when he died. – Fairfax NZ Bridge proponent on Unitary Plan panel 3 Peter Fuller affordability. Mr Fuller said then that lack of land was a key reason for the growing divide between rich and poor. In the same submission he suggested that while careful intensification could be done, high rises risked becoming slums and were relatively expensive to build compared to normal houses. He also questioned whether apartment living was either sustainable or enjoyable. The lawyer has qualifications in environmental management and horticultural science and has appeared before council hearings, the Environment Court and the High Court. The Unitary Plan hearings panel was selected by the Government after consultation with Auckland Council and the Independent Maori Statutory Board. It is chaired by resource management barrister David Kirkpatrick. Fun at free events Nature lovers and sports nuts alike have something to celebrate this summer. Auckland Council is hosting a series of free events in southern parks and everyone’s invited to join in. Nature lovers can join in the ever-popular guided glow-worm walks when they return this month to Totara Park. They’ll be held on January 14 and 21 from 9.15pm till 10pm. Call 301 0101 to book a place. For the adrenaline junkies there’ll be free rock climbing sessions with qualified instructors. They’ll be held at Fairburn Reserve in Otahuhu on February 21, the Papatoetoe Recreation Grounds on March 7 and Mountfort Park on March 14. All sessions run from 4pm till 6pm. Doggy days out, Zumba classes and an Amazing Race-style challenge are also on offer. ❚ Go to aucklandcouncil. govt.nz or call 30 0101 for more information.
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