Edward GULLIVER - 18/11/2019

Parole Hearing

Under section 21(1) of the Parole Act 2002


Hearing for Postponement Order

27(4)(b) of the Parole Act 2002

Edward John GULLIVER

Hearing: 18 November 2019

at Rimutaka Prison

Members of the Board:

  • Sir Ron Young – Chairperson
  • Assoc Prof. P Brinded
  • Ms W Taumaunu
  • Mr M Quigg


  1. Edward John Gulliver was sentenced to preventive detention for sexual offending against a young girl, attempted murder and unlawful sexual connection in 1996. He is 66 years of age.
  2. He has signed a waiver with respect to today’s hearing.
  3. We last saw him in December 2017. He then had difficult intellectual issues and [withheld]. The Board requested a neurological report to be prepared. At that stage he had still done no rehabilitation.
  4. As to the current position we now have a neuro-psychological report. Mr Gulliver’s mental health is significantly deteriorated. He is in the [withheld] at Rimutaka Prison. He is confused, he has a serious level of impairment and often has confused speech. The report notes that he is not capable of consent to any assessment. There is no possibility currently of treatment for him and he remains at moderate to high risk of reoffending.
  5. The possibility of a release to a [withheld] facility was raised but that would need as the psychologist noted “well-constructed and closely monitored provision for safety” and “currently there is no immediate possibility or availability of such a facility”.
  6. We think the way forward is for a counsel to be appointed for Mr Gulliver who may be able to make other applications relating to welfare guardians and the like.
  7. A further review of any residences that might be suitable for Mr Gulliver should also be undertaken. In the meantime, he remains an undue risk. We will see him again by November 2021.

Sir Ron Young