Faraniko PEI - 04/07/2017
Under section 21(2) of the Parole Act 2002
Hearing: 4 July 2017 at [Withheld] via AVL from New Zealand Parole Board, Head Office, Wellington.
Members of the Board:
- Ms S Pakura – Acting Panel Convenor
- Ms P Rose
- Dr S Davis
DECISION OF THE BOARD
1. Faraniko Pei, 32, appears for first consideration of parole. Mr Pei is serving a sentence of five years’ 10 months imprisonment driving in a dangerous manner, firearm offences including use of a firearm against a Law Enforcement Officer, and default in payment of fines (50).
2. Mr Pei was sentenced on 1 March 2017. Mr Pei fired a 12-gauge shotgun twice into a glass petition at the public counter of the Central Police Station in Palmerston North two or three metres from where a non-uniformed police constable was staffing the counter.
3. Mr Pei was asked how he came to have the firearm. He stated that he had found the gun and the ammunition under a bridge approximately 10 years ago. Despite being challenged about this information Mr Pei remained firm in his position that the gun was found under a bridge. The credibility of this information is questionable.
4. Mr Pei’s first conviction occurred in 2003. Since that time, he has accrued 17 previous convictions. Mr Pei spent 568 days on remand.
5. Whilst on remand Mr Pei incurred four misconducts. Since he has been sentenced however, there have been no recorded incidents or misconducts.
6. The prison security classification is high. The parole eligibility date is 22 July 2017. The RoC*RoI is 0.32239. Mr Pei’s sentence expiry date is 11 June 2021.
7. Mr Pei is currently attending the [withheld] Programme. He has been attending that course for approximately a month. He is enjoying learning new ways of thinking. He has also completed the First Aid course.
8. Currently Mr Pei’s release and safety plan is under developed. He discussed having accommodation with [withheld]. There is a 2012 conviction for male assaults female. [withheld] .
9. Mr Pei has further work that requires his attention. He needs to reduce his prison security classification. He has rehabilitative programmes to complete, including maintenance sessions. On the completion of his sentence plan, Mr Pei is to engage in reintegrative opportunities.
10. Mr Pei does not meet the threshold of risk reduction with which we must be concerned under Parole Act, 2002. Accordingly parole is declined.
11. Mr Pei will be seen again no later than June, 2019 or at the least by the end of that month.
12. For the next hearing, based on the seriousness of Mr Pei’s offending, the potential of harm to others, and the lack of understanding or insight into the impact of his offending on others, we request a psychological assessment of Mr Pei’s risk of reoffending and recommendations for further rehabilitative interventions.
Ms S Pakura