Paul Joseph DALLY 10/5/2021

Parole Hearing

Under section 21(2) of the Parole Act 2002

Paul Joseph DALLY

Hearing: 10 May 2021

at Auckland Prison via AVL to Rimutaka Prison

Members of the Board: Sir Ron Young (Chairperson)

Dr J Skipworth

Mr B McMurray

Counsel:                                        Ms L Smith


  1. Mr Dally was sentenced to life imprisonment for murder in 1990.  He has minimum security classification.  He has four pages of previous convictions involving violence and dishonesty.  When we saw him in November 2019, he had completed all of his rehabilitation and was looking towards some reintegration, in particular a needed for a transfer from the prison that he was in so that he could go towards self-care possibly working outside the wire and ultimately possibly release to work.
  2. We indicated then we did not think a release to [withheld] accommodation adequately met his risk.
  3. As to the current position Mr Dally has had a number of health difficulties.  Firstly, he has had [withheld].  Some concern was mentioned about [withheld] in the psychological report.  Whether any further assessment of Mr Dally’s [withheld] is required we leave to psychological services to assess and/or undertake, if required, with Mr Dally’s consent.
  4. The more immediate problem is Mr Dally’s physical health.  [withheld].
  5. [withheld].
  6. As to the way forward, counsel suggested that we see Mr Dally in six to eight weeks to review the position, but we think the appropriate approach now is as follows.  First, Mr Dally, if [withheld], should then properly return to the process that was previously identified.  That is his reintegration.  That would require a transfer to probably the Spring Hill Corrections Facility and release into more liberal circumstances self-care, working outside the wire, and possibly even release to work in the longer term.
  7. This is an important part of our assessment of risk.  If [withheld], then of course that is always open to counsel to apply for a compassionate release, which could be dealt with no doubt with speed.
  8. The other aspect of it is that Mr Dally currently has no confirmed accommodation and so obviously work to identify appropriate accommodation is important whichever way Mr Dally’s health turns.
  9. We will therefore assume again by the end of April 2022 and in the meantime, he remains an undue risk.

Sir Ron Young