Killer admits Karla Cardno murder had 'sexual motivation'

  • 14/01/2016
Killer admits Karla Cardno murder had 'sexual motivation'

By Ranjani Ponnuchetty

The stepfather of the murdered Lower Hutt teenager Karla Cardno says her killer should never be released.

Paul Dally has spent 26 years in jail after abducting, sexually assaulting and murdering the 13-year-old in 1989.

For the first time since the brutal killing, Dally admitted the attack was sexually motivated at a parole hearing last month.

However, he denies there was any sadism involved.

The schoolgirl's stepfather, Mark Middleton says the latest admission doesn't change anything.

"The thing is that we knew all along about the nature of his offending. So what’s changed? He remains an extremely toxic and dangerous individual."

In the parole decision released today, the Board says there's no question of parole in the foreseeable future.

Mr Middleton says the Board’s decision is right and doesn’t think he's in any way, ready to be released into the community.

"It's taken a long, long time to admit to the sexual nature of his offending," he says.

He says even after all these years, the wounds are raw.

Dally has since had extensive one-on-one psychological counselling and in 2013 completed the Child Sex Offender Treatment Programme and has been at the unit ever since.

He's been classified as a minimum security risk since 2012 and hasn't been mentioned in any misconduct reports.

The Board had previously said Dally needed a "slow gradual reintegration" into the community and believe this would involve being transferred into a mainstream unit.

A psychological report shows Dally still things his offending was a "random act of violence" and didn't acknowledge any pre-meditation in the crime.

The Board had previously said Dally needed a "slow gradual reintegration" into the community and believe

While Dally's representative said all psychologists have said he didn't need further treatment, the Board says this isn't quite the case.

"While [Withheld] did not recommend any further individual treatment, that is not because he did not think all risk factors have been addressed.  To the contrary, he considered that Mr Dally has displayed very limited insight into some aspects of his offending, but that he has significant personality traits which are unlikely to change in a genuine manner with further treatment."

Dally's next parole hearing will be in November 2017.

He was told if the Board declines parole at the next hearing, they will also consider whether to make a postponement order of up to 5 years.

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