Manslaughter parolee admits breach

A man who breached two of his manslaughter parole conditions pleaded guilty to both charges in the Christchurch District Court today.

Shay Barry Webster, 26, poured petrol over Terry Smith and set him on fire on Anzac Day 2013. He believed Smith was a paedophile, but was mistaken.

Webster pleaded guilty to the manslaughter charge and was jailed for five years three months. He was released from prison in February this year.

On June 19, 2018, Webster was arrested outside his curfew hours at an address in Sydenham that was not approved by the parole board. He was also intoxicated.

He was charged with breaching two conditions of his parole and was interim recalled to prison by the board to await a final hearing. Webster’s sentence expires on January 24, 2019.

Judge Raoul Neave convicted Webster, then discharged him on the charges, and told Webster it was up to the parole board to decide what happened next.

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