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Killer heads towards release
Killer heads towards release

Seven years after Levi Hone stabbed his mother to death and strangled his four-year-old half- sister in the family's Margaret River home, authorities have started preparing a plan for the double killer's graduated release into the community.

A change to Hone's indefinite custody order will allow him to be transferred from prison to the secure Frankland Centre at Graylands Hospital as part of a plan for his graduated release into the community via an open ward.

His case will be reviewed in a year, but the Mentally Impaired Accused Review Board believes it is appropriate to "commence what may be a lengthy reintegration process".

Hone has been in prison since 2007 when an appeal court quashed his two wilful murder convictions for the March 2005 deaths of his mother Donna Hone and half- sister Lileigh O'Doherty on the ground of insanity.

Hone, whose life jail term with a minimum of 19 years was replaced with an indefinite custody order, had schizophrenia at the time of the killings.

The move to start the reintegration process has shocked Lileigh's father Ned O'Doherty, who says it is "way too soon" to consider Hone's release.

In a letter sent to Hone at Wooroloo prison, obtained by _The West Australian _, the board said it had considered a report of a forensic psychiatrist and decided to amend the 30-year-old's custody order to allow him to be detained at the Frankland Centre in line with an original proposed plan for his graduated release through an open ward.

"Having regard to the absence of any episodes of violence since your imprisonment and advice that your current mental state is stable, the board is of the view that now is an appropriate time to commence what may be a lengthy reintegration process," the letter said.

Mr O'Doherty said he was concerned that Hone continued to pose a threat to community safety.

"From what I have gathered, he has ticked all the boxes in jail and behaved himself," he said.

"The only thing is, he never ticked all the boxes when he was out of jail. Will he behave himself when he gets out? I don't think so.

"I am shocked. I am not angry though, it goes against my belief.

"I believe in forgiveness. I forgive Levi, but I know what a dangerous person he was prior to the killings.

"He killed my daughter, he killed my family. It is an extraordinarily painful thing to go through. I want to get on with my life, but I would feel a lot safer if he was not even considered for release in the near future."

A spokeswoman for Attorney-General Michael Mischin said he had received a report on Hone in July and accepted a board recommendation that he not be considered for release into the community at this time.

Given that a custody order was in place, Hone's management and treatment was a matter for the board and medical professionals.

Mr Mischin was willing to meet the victims' family to discuss the case and did not expect another report on Hone until the middle of next year.

Levi Hone's four-year-old half-sister Lileigh O'Doherty.