The state parole authority is considering releasing the deadly loner who has not been outside a jail since he was caught the day after he raped, stabbed and strangled Irish nurse Noreen Hannon in 1983 after forcing his way into her Parramatta flat.
His residency was revoked in 2008, so Whiteoak, 69, will be deported upon his release but only if the tough so-called Multi Agency Protection Arrangement in the UK agrees to supervise him.
The MAAPA is only for those who present a “clear and present danger” to the community and no other person has been deported by Australia to the UK under those circumstances, it is understood.
At the time he killed Ms Hannon, Whiteoak was on parole for one rape he had committed while on parole for another sexual assault yet he had been freed by the courts again and again.
His future plans were outlined before State Parole Authority this morning.
The authority has “formed the intention” to release him despite the protests of Ms Hannon’s British family who are “terrified” he could target them once back in the UK.
The Community Corrections Unit at Long Bay Parole Unit recommended last year that his “release to parole is not recommended” and the manager of the jail’s parole unit said: “While there is nothing further that can be achieved by the offender in custody to address his offending behaviour.....the recommendation against release to parole is supported.”
Ms Hannon’s family has been refused a photograph of her killer and have no idea what he looks like.
The MAAPA supervision is tougher than its parole alternative in NSW.
“If he is dangerous enough to need such supervision, he should never be released,” Ms Hannon’s former boyfriend Michael Maher said outside court today.
“He is anonymous looking. He doesn’t stand out in a crowd. You would never know what he had done.
“Noreen’s family are really worried. They believe he should never be released,” Mr Maher, who had been seeing Ms Hannon for a couple of months before her murder, said today.
He remains in contact with her family who are also informed directly of any parole decisions.
Whiteoak appeared before the parole authority via videolink from Long Bay Jail. With a balding head and glasses, he was wearing prison greens.
Parole authority chairman James Woods said they were waiting to hear if Whiteoak would fulfil the criteria for a placement with MAAPA.
“I think it’s common ground that the risk is such...that there could not be anything other than supervised release, a supervised release that would protect the safety of the community,” Justice Woods said.
Whiteoak arrived in Australia from his native Yorkshire aged 20 in 1968. He never married and the parole board has previously been told that he was a loner who has never had a visitor.
His life sentence was redetermined under new laws in 1994 to a non-parole period of 15 years with the judge stating he should remain on parole for life.
POLICE in Gweru have arrested four men believed to be
behind 15 cases of murder, rape, sodomy and armed robbery in the Midlands
The quartet sodomised a man from
Hertfordshire suburb in Gweru during the course of an armed robbery.
Acting Midlands Province police spokesperson Assistant
Inspector Ethel Mukwende said she was still looking for details about the
arrest of the four suspects and could not immediately comment yesterday.
National Police Spokesperson Senior Assistant
Commissioner Charity Charamba said she was off duty and could not comment on
the matter while Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi said he would get back to The
Chronicle with a comment.
However, the arrest of Simon Kurambwa alias Brian
Dominic of Mkoba 1, Gweru, recently released prisoner for plain robbery cases
Tafadzwa Rafamoyo alias John Mero of Plot 80, I-Japu, Chegutu, James Masocha
alias Jimara of Plot number 272 Golden Ridge, Copper Queen, Gokwe and Justin
Sibanda of Mkoba 17 is the talk of Gweru as residents are now relieved since
they feared travelling at night.
Two other members of the gang are still at large and
police investigations are underway.
Police sources told The Chronicle that Kurambwa,
Rafamoyo, Masocha and Sibanda were arrested following the brutal murder of a
Zanu-PF Youth League member, Charity Khumalo in Mkoba 6 suburb on Friday
According to the sources, on August 7 officers on
blitz duties in Mkoba received a tip-off from a member of the public who
resides in Mkoba Village 1.
The resident said there was a man who had a bag full of Android
cellphones, a knife, pliers, spanner and some male clothing at a house in the
The police raided the house and arrested Kurambwa, whom
they found fast asleep.
They recovered three Android cellphones, a stainless
steel knife, male clothing and pliers.
“When the police conducted checks on the recovered
cellphones, it was noted that one of the cellphones had the name of the
deceased Charity Khumalo who was murdered along Makoni Street, in Mkoba Village
6, Gweru on the August 4,” said the source.
“Kurambwa implicated Rafamoyo, Masocha and Sibanda.”
The source said a manhunt for the remaining two
suspects is underway.
“The accused persons indicated that they had committed
robberies in Woodlands, Mkoba, Hertfordshire and Mtapa suburbs in Gweru and in
Mbizo, Kwekwe and also at times raped and sodomised their victims. The gang
said they used knives in committing the crimes,” said the source.
Asst Insp Mukwende said Khumalo was stabbed to death
on Friday morning on her way to Mkoba 6 shopping centre to buy beer for a
funeral wake she was attending.
She said Khumalo of Mkoba 6 was stabbed on her right
breast leading to her death.
Asst Insp Mukwende said mourners at the funeral wake
found her lying on the ground complaining that she had been stabbed and had
been robbed of money and a mobile phone.
“It is said on August 4 along Makoni Street Mkoba 6,
Gweru, three unknown male accused persons at around 4AM met Khumalo with her
workmate who were proceeding to Mkoba 6 from Mkoba 5.
“The two were attacked with knives. Khumalo’s workmate
managed to flee and left her at the mercy of the murderers.
“Khumalo’s workmate went back to the funeral wake in
Mkoba 5 and alerted other mourners for assistance. By the time they reached the
scene they found Khumalo lying on the ground,” said Asst Insp Mukwende.
Khumalo was taken to Gweru Provincial Hospital
where she was pronounced dead on arrival and her body is awaiting postmortem at
the same facility.