A convicted double murderer has admitted that he would often mislead or lie to prison staff while on parole.
Paul Tainui was paroled three times while serving a life sentence for the 1994 murder of Kimberley Schroder.
It was finally awarded in 2010, after serving 13 years.
While on parole in 2018, he murdered Nicole Tuxford, whose death is the focus of a [https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/478727/many-unanswered-questions-remain-families-of-two-murdered-women-tell-court
inquest] in Christchurch.
A statement from Tainui was read in court today by Tim Mackenzie, the coroner’s attorney.
“Overall I think Corrections worked their butts off to help me. I tricked them into thinking I was good, especially at the end of my [time on] parole,” Tainui wrote.
“I often misled or told lies to the probation officers I saw…I knew if they thought something was wrong I could be called back.”
Tainui was told by Corrections staff that if he drank he would be recalled to prison.
“In 2018 I drank regularly and heavily and lied to probation about this. I told them that drinking had gone down, when it had actually gone up.
“I had at least four drinks every night and many more on weekends on Friday and Saturday nights,” Tainui recalls.
The statement continued to say that “things got out of hand” in the last few months leading up to Tuxford’s murder in April 2018.
Tainui also mentioned how he would convince correctional staff that he was fine while on parole and did not need a psychologist, despite going through more than 300 therapy sessions during his first prison sentence.
“Whenever a risk assessment was done, I just said I didn’t drink that much and generally downplayed things. I wasn’t doing well, but I pulled the wool over [their eyes].”
During Tainui’s first parole hearing in 2007, the Parole Board was particularly concerned about the lack of attention given to his offense during his treatment.
The court was told that Tainui was apparently unable to take responsibility for his actions, despite having had 275 psychiatrist sessions at the time.
This included Tainui’s refusal to admit to raping Kimberley Schroder prior to her murder.
The Office of the Chief Corrections’ psychologist consultant, Dr. Nick Wilson, admitted that Corrections could have done more to come to grips with Tainui’s manipulative behavior.
“There was a missed opportunity to get him treated earlier for his crime, which might have been more successful.”
But Wilson told the court that Tainui’s manipulation of Corrections staff and clinicians would likely be picked up on in the current system.
“He managed to divert the focus of his treatment from his offenses. And he did it across several professionals [psychologists]said Wilson.
“It’s highly unusual for someone to receive such a high level of treatment these days without alarm bells going off.”
The judicial inquiry will be concluded on November 25.