'Beast of Blenheim' Stewart Murrary Wilson to appeal new prison sentence

Notorious sex offender Stewart Murray Wilson will appeal his conviction and new prison sentence of two years and four months.

The 71-year-old was found guilty in October of 11 historic sex charges, dating back to the 1970s, including rape, indecent assault, and threatening to kill.

On Thursday morning, he was sentenced to two years and four months prison.

But his defence lawyer Andrew McKenzie Wilson told Newshub shortly after the sentencing that he had been instructed to lodge an appeal.

Earlier, Justice Graham Lang said the victim impact statements made for harrowing reading.

"Even though it's many years since the offending… it's clear it still has a devastating impact on the victims."

Justice Lang said sentencing him is no easy feat, due to his past convictions. He gave a discount for his age, but refused to give one on the grounds of remorse, saying he took no responsibility for his offending.

Wilson was jailed for 21 years in 1996 for a raft of sexual offences over a 25-year period, including rape and assault.

He was released in 2012, after serving just 18 years, to a house on the grounds of Whanganui Prison, sparking community backlash and fears of vigilante justice.

Wilson was later recalled to jail for breaching parole in 2014, when he contacted a woman he was not supposed to.


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