Father who attacked children doesn't meet criteria for compulsory treatment - Parole Board

A man who was charged with attempting to kill his children doesn't meet the criteria for a compulsory treatment order under the Mental Health Act.

The Parole Board has strengthened Faamanu Milford's release conditions. He was initially charged with attempting to kill his three children in 2007, but only convicted on the lesser charge of grievous bodily harm.

His former partner fears he's going to come after her and the children when he's released from prison on March 21, having served his full sentence.

She's concerned about Milford's mental health and his fixation on her and the children, and said he was a jealous and paranoid partner who heard voices.

Mr Milford was convicted of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and kidnapping after he attacked his children, then aged three years, 18 months and seven weeks, with a machete and a knife.

On Thursday the board released a strongly-worded variation to Milford's release conditions.

It noted "dynamic risk factors", such as Milford's interpersonal aggression, criminal attitudes, emotional control, weapon use, mental illness, substance abuse and impulsivity, as well as a lack of community support.

The Department of Corrections said Mr Milford was under the care of regional forensic mental health.

The Parole Board said further conditions urged by Corrections are designed to restrict contact with people under 16, given that Milford is described by health staff as fixated on reconnecting with his children, and require engagement with community mental health.

"Milford disclosed at interview that on his release from prison he intended not to accept anti-psychotic medication."

It said failure to do so will significantly increase risk.

The release conditions require Milford to undergo psychiatric assessment and to comply with recommendations made by such an assessment.

Milford will also be subject to GPS monitoring; be required to reside at an approved address, with a curfew between 8pm-8am; and is prohibited from leaving the Otago province.

Assessments of individuals with mental health needs for compulsory treatment orders are carried out by health professionals, and ultimately the order is made by a Judge in the Family or District Court.