Convicted murderer on the run from police

Dean Raymond Purdy has a warrant for his arrest.
Dean Raymond Purdy has a warrant for his arrest. Photo credit: Police

A convicted murderer is on the run from police in Canterbury.

Police are searching for Dean Raymond Purdy, 54, who has a warrant for his arrest for breaching his parole conditions. 

Purdy was sentenced to life imprisonment for strangling his 23-year-old sex worker wife, Debbie in 1991. The two were arguing over whether she would continue her sex work.

It is not the first time Purdy had breached his parole since the Auckland High Court's sentence.

Purdy was in trouble in 2008 for breaching the conditions of a temporary licence for release from prison by walking out of a rehabilitation assessment, saying he needed "time out". He turned himself in to police two days later.

He again broke his parole in 2011, for associating with a criminal and drug addict.

And in 2015 Purdy was sent back to jail after he was caught approaching prostitutes.

A Department of Corrections Spokesperson told Newshub an application to the New Zealand Parole Board had been filed for Purdy's parole to be recalled. 

"Public safety is our top priority and we take all non-compliance extremely seriously. Any offender who breaches the conditions of their sentence or order, will be held to account."

The Parole Board will determine whether a recall is granted once Purdy was apprehended by police.

If members of the public know where he is or have information that might help police locate him, they are urged to contact their local police station or to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.