Ross Douglas BROWNE 19/04/2024

There is an order prohibiting publication of the name, address and occupation or identifying particulars of the offender and/or victim.

Parole Hearing

Under section 21(1) of the Parole Act 2002

Ross Douglas BROWNE

Hearing: 19 April 2024

Auckland South Corrections Facility

Members of the Board: Judge J H Lovell-Smith – Panel Convenor

Mr L Tawera

Judge C Blackie

Counsel:                                           Ms K Hamblin

In Attendance: [withheld] - Case Manager

Media: Ms C Owen – Stuff


  1. Ross Douglas Browne was sentenced to seven years one month imprisonment for indecent assaults on a boy between 12-16 (x 14), indecent assault on a man/boy over 16 years, indecent assault on a boy under 12 (x 3), unlawful sexual connection male 12 to 16, induce/permit boy under 12 to do indecent act, possession of objectionable publication with knowledge (child exploitation material).  Mr Browne’s sentence commencement date was 2 December 2021, his parole eligibility date 13 April 2024 and statutory release date, sentence end date 5 January 2029.  This is Mr Browne’s first appearance before the New Zealand Parole Board for consideration of parole.
  2. The Board has not been provided with the sentencing notes from the High Court.  Mr Browne received a cumulative sentence of imprisonment.
  3. Mr Browne has not incurred any incidents or misconducts and there are no issues with his conduct in prison.
  4. The Board has had the benefit of Counsel’s submissions.  Mr Browne does not seek release on parole today.
  5. With the agreement of Mr Browne and Counsel, the Board requests a psychological report as to Mr Browne’s risk, rehabilitative options and reintegration and release plans.
  6. Parole is declined as Mr Browne will be further considered for parole in September 2024 when it is expected the psychologist report will be provided to the Board.

Judge J H Lovell-Smith

Panel Convenor