Child murderer and rapist Douglas James Wade expected to be denied parole this week


The man who raped and murdered a toddler thirty years ago has had his parole hearing brought forward.

Douglas James Wade horrifically sexually assaulted and killed his girlfriend’s 22-month-old daughter in the rural community of Tumut in 1988.

He still has six years left on his 36-year sentence and has been repeatedly applying for parole in recent years.

His latest application was due to be considered this week but was pushed back until late January, with the State Parole Authority seriously considering granting parole.

Officers needed to test whether electronic monitoring would work in the Tumut regions, where Wade plans to move back to.

Victims advocate Howard Brown revealed to Ray Hadley the hearing has been brought back forward to this Friday.

“My understanding is that they’ve already had sufficient information to determine they cannot electronically monitor this guy,” says Mr Brown.

“I’m hoping that on Friday they’re going to refuse his application.”

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Mr Brown says the child murderer is still denying raping the toddler and claims he only struck her once.

“How the hell can you allege that a person is rehabilitated and is safe to come back into the community when they continue to deny the abject seriousness of what they’ve done?”



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