The murderer who stabbed schoolgirl Vicky Groves to death in front of classmates when he was a teenager nearly 22 years ago has been granted release from his life jail term on five years parole.
Attorney-General Michael Mischin revealed today that he had decided to release the man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, on strict conditions.
He is yet to be released.
The man, now aged 38, was 15 when he stabbed his former girlfriend 18 times with a 35cm hunting knife in a classroom at Churchlands Senior High School.
He was sentenced to life with a minimum of 12 years after pleading guilty in the Perth Children’s Court in 1992 to wilful murder.
Under sentencing laws, his life sentence first became due for review in 2004. There have been numerous recommendations the man to enter pre-release programs which have been rejected by successive attorneys-general.
Today, Mr Mischin said the age of the man when he committed the murder, consistent psychological assessments that he was at low risk of offending and his completion of numerous treatment programs while in prison had influenced his decision to grant parole.
“The decision to release this prisoner was not taken lightly and I spent a considerable amount of time reviewing the case and considering the recommendation by the Prisoner Review Board,” Mr Mischin said.
He said a well-developed support plan had been developed for the man’s release from prison, including academic and employment options and strong support from his family network.
His parole conditions included he make no contact with Vicky’s family, must seek approval from the parole board to change his address and mandatory attendance for psychological counselling and other programs as directed.
“The victim’s family has been notified of my decision,” Mr Mischin said.