Peter Douglas CARRINGTON 11/3/2021

Parole Hearing

Under section 21(2) of the Parole Act 2002

Peter Douglas CARRINGTON

Hearing: 11 March 2021

at Christchurch Men’s Prison

Members of the Board: Sir Ron Young – Chairperson

Assoc. Prof. P Brinded

Mr C King

Ms T Sharkey


  1. Mr Carrington is 52 years of age.  He was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2002.  His security classification is minimum.  He committed what is properly described as a very serious offence, in 1988 when he violently attacked an elderly woman and seriously sexually assaulted her.  The murder also involved a serious sexual attack on an elderly woman.  He did not know either one beforehand.
  2. We last saw him in 2019.  At that stage he had completed the Adult Sex Offender Treatment Programme.  We thought he needed a period of time to complete the Drug Treatment Programme and to do further time with a psychologist on one-to-one counselling.  Then his focus could turn to reintegration.
  3. As to the current position, Mr Carrington has behaved well within the prison.  He is working outside the wire as a tractor driver and there have been no issues about his conduct in prison.  He has begun some contact with his wider family.
  4. He completed the DTP in May 2020 and made good progress.  He has had a further series of sessions with a psychologist and those were completed in February 2021.
  5. As far as Corrections are concerned, that now completes the rehabilitation risk-based treatment for him.
  6. Mr Carrington is assessed as being an average risk of re-offending.
  7. As to reintegration, we think a significant period of time on the reintegration programme within Corrections is now required.  We consider a programme designed specifically for him would be appropriate.  We do not think a short period on reintegration and then referral to (withheld) will at all meet Mr Carrington’s risk.  We are conscious of the very serious offending.  The issues relating to his personality and also the possibility of his (withheld) all point towards an extended period being required.  We invite Corrections, therefore, to develop such a programme with Mr Carrington.
  8. In the meantime, he remains an undue risk.  We will see him again by the end of October 2022.  We note, and we have advised Mr Carrington, that ultimately any release on the West Coast to Oamaru would offend against victim interests and would be unlikely.

Sir Ron Young