Samson DUFFY - 09/05/2018

Parole Hearing

Under section 21(2) of the Parole Act 2002

Samson DUFFY

Hearing: 9 May 2018

at Otago Corrections Facility

Members of the Board:

  • Ms K Snook
  • Ms S Pakura
  • Mr C King


  1. Samson Duffy, 43, was due to appear before the Board for the further consideration of parole in relation to a sentence of nine years’ imprisonment for sexual offending against [withheld].  The offending occurred in 2001 and 2004.  He was convicted of the offending and sentenced on 19 April 2013.
  2. In advance of the hearing, Mr Duffy indicated that he did not want to appear before the Board.
  3. Mr Duffy is on a low/medium prison security classification, has a RoC*RoI of 0.704, and has a sentence end date of 10 August 2019.
  4. In fact, Mr Duffy has waived most of his appearances before the Board.  He continues to maintain his innocence of the index offending.
  5. At this time, we understand that Mr Duffy has not completed any rehabilitation.  He did not participate with the parole assessment report process.  He has not agreed to see a psychologist.  The last psychological assessment is dated 1 October 2015 but he did not engage with the psychologist then either.
  6. We understand that there is no release proposal for Mr Duffy at this time.
  7. There have been at least two misconducts since Mr Duffy saw the Board last.  He was also found with a shank in May 2017.
  8. Mr Duffy is now described as more jovial and motivated.  He is a hard worker in the laundry.  He has motivation for numeracy and literacy programmes but remains unmotivated to participate in any rehabilitation directed at reducing his risk of re‑offending.
  9. That being the case risk, remains undue and parole is declined.
  10. The Board will schedule Mr Duffy to be seen again by a Board in May 2019 and no later than the end of that month.  Well before Mr Duffy returns to the Board, some effort must be made by Mr Duffy’s case manager and others to focus on his reintegration and release planning given the length of time he will have been in prison.
  11. The possibility of an extended supervision order is referred to in the 2015 psychological assessment.  The next Board would benefit from an update on that process.

Ms K Snook
Panel Convenor