Lisa McCORMACK 5/8/2021

Parole Hearing

Under section 21(2) of the Parole Act 2002


Hearing: 5 August 2021

at Christchurch Women’s Prison by AVL from Auckland Regional Women’s Corrections Facility

Members of the Board: Judge J P Gittos – Panel Convenor

Judge J Walker

Mr C King

In Attendance:                               (withheld) – Case Manager

Support Persons: (withheld)


  1. Lisa McCormack is a 24-year-old woman serving a sentence of two years and four months for injuring with intent to injure, there having been two such convictions.  The victims of her offending were two elderly people in a car which had stopped at traffic lights in Dunedin.  Ms McCormack who was adversely affected by alcohol and drugs and apparently seized by a panic attack, got into the victims’ car and when they attempted to expel her, she was violent towards them, causing injuries.
  2. Apart from the index offending she has some 25 convictions for dishonesty, burglary, and violent offending.
  3. She was last before the Board in May 2021 when the Board noted that she was progressing with one-on-one intervention with the psychologist.  She has not been assessed as suitable for group programmes, there being some (withheld) but is now at the end of the programme of one-on-one intervention which has been concluded with apparently satisfactory results.  She has approved accommodation sponsored by  (withheld) in Christchurch as ongoing support from (withheld), from her (withheld), whom she continues to see for (withheld) and also from family members, one of whom was able to be present to support her at the hearing.
  4. Reports concerning her progress from her Case Officer and PCO are all entirely satisfactory.  We are satisfied that Ms McCormack may now be released without undue risk to the safety of the community during the balance of her sentence which is to conclude on 23 December 2021.  She is to be released accordingly on 18 August 2021 with the following conditions imposed, all of which are to prevail until six months after sentence end date apart from the curfew which will be for a period of three months from her release date.

(1) To reside at (withheld), Christchurch, or any other address approved in writing by a Probation Officer, and not move from that address unless you have the prior written approval of a Probation Officer.

(2) To comply with any tenancy agreement or rules issued by the provider of your approved accommodation.

(3) For three months from the date of your release you are to be at your approved address between the hours of 10:00pm and 06:00am daily unless you have the prior written approval of a probation officer.

(4) To attend a psychological assessment and attend, participate in and complete any recommended treatment as directed by a Probation Officer.

(5) To attend an alcohol and drug assessment, and attend, participate in and complete any treatment or counselling directed by a Probation Officer.

(6) Not to possess, use, or consume alcohol, controlled drugs or psychoactive substances except controlled drugs prescribed for you by a health professional.

(7) To disclose to a Probation Officer, at the earliest opportunity, details of any intimate relationship which commences, resumes, or terminates.

(8) Not to have contact or otherwise associate, with any victim of your offending, (including previous offending) directly or indirectly, unless you have the prior written approval of a Probation Officer.

Please note you may be required to undergo a drug or alcohol test and or submit to drug or alcohol monitoring.”

Judge J P Gittos

Panel Convenor