Hugh Edward Staples HAMILTON - 15/02/2016


Parole hearing

Under section 21(1) of the Parole Act 2002


Hugh Edward Staples HAMILTON

Hearing: 15 February 2016 at [Withheld]

Members of the Board: 
       Judge R Callander – Panel Convenor
       Mr J Thomson
       Ms F Pimm

Support People:  


1. Hugh Edward Staples Hamilton appears before the Board today for the first time for consideration of parole.  He was supported by [Withheld]. 

2. The issue as with all parole cases was whether Mr Hamilton could be seen as an undue risk to the safety of the community if released at this point through until his sentence end date 3 April 2019.

3. Mr Hamilton presented well to the Board as might be expected of a man with his education and background.  He is a first offender.  He has support in the community and has accommodation.  He accepts his culpability and he explained that in some depth before the Board, he is a mature, compliant and polite prisoner who has a minimum security risk.  He was struck off as a lawyer as the result of his offending.  He says that he will not become involved again with any legal activity or financial involvement. 

4. He has the support of [Withheld]  during the term of imprisonment.  Because of his low RoC*RoI, he has not really been eligible for any significant rehabilitation measure.  He did attend a low level Alcohol and Other Drug Programme, and has occupied his time by obtaining a forklift operator’s licence, a dangerous goods awareness certificate and Level 1 occupational health and safety certificate.

5. We do not see him as an undue risk to the safety of the community.  We believe he can now be released into the community on parole.  He will be released from Prison on 7 March 2016. 

6. He will be subject to the proposed release conditions as set out in the parole assessment report for a period of two years from the date of his release, namely 6 March 2018. 
    (1) Undertake and complete appropriate treatment/counselling to the satisfaction of the Probation Officer and treatment provider. The details of the counselling or treatment to be determined by your Probation Officer.
   (2) To reside at [Withheld] and not to move from that address without the prior written approval of a Probation Officer.
   (3) To engage in employment (paid or unpaid) or vocational training only as approved in writing by a Probation Officer.
   (4) You are not to have contact or otherwise associate with the victim(s) of your offending, directly or indirectly, unless you have the prior written consent of your Probation Officer.


Judge R Callander
Panel Convenor