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"It's time to focus on known perpetrators"

Pete Dowe

Sarah Cafferkey murder: Killer’s case worker thought people could change

September 9, 2015 4:22pm

Community Corrections officer Jenni Johnstone leaves court after giving evidence. Picture: Ian Currie
THE case worker who managed Sarah Cafferkey’s killer has told an inquest she didn’t believe he was a risk to the community despite his propensity for violence.
Steven James Hunter’s parole period had expired just 11 days before he bashed and stabbed Ms Cafferkey, 22, in his Bacchus Marsh unit in November 2012.
Corrections officer Jenni Johnstone said despite Hunter’s resume of murder, drug trafficking, kidnapping and prison escape going back to 1986, she hoped people could change.
“He said he was taking responsibility for his offending behaviour.
“I believe in the programs and hope they help offenders remain offence-free,” Ms Johnstone told a coronial inquest into Ms Cafferkey’s death.

Sarah’s mother Noelle Dickson leaves court during the lunch break. Picture: Ian Currie
Sarah Cafferkey, 22, was killed in a Bacchus Marsh home. Picture: Supplied
Corrections reports noted Hunter lied multiple times about his drug history — even asserting he had not used drugs in the face of criminal records for trafficking and possession.
But Ms Johnstone said there was no indication Hunter was using drugs, despite acknowledging it was likely he would relapse.
She said she relied entirely on how Hunter presented in their sessions, despite having access to his risk assessments and criminal history.
Steven James Hunter
Ms Johnstone said Hunter had stable accommodation, was working, attending school and had a plan to move to Western Australia to work in mining when his parole expired.
She was aware Hunter was associating with other parolees, drug users and had self-reported for a traffic offence.
Despite this, she said he was no worse than other offenders in his pro-violent attitude, and his behaviour triggered no red flags.

Game player

Game player
Ms Johnstone said it was also “unfortunately” insignificant that Hunter had breached his parole on two occasions years before, as other offenders she managed had breached parole five times.But she said she “could’ve received more training” on managing parolees with violent attitudes, and was given no specific instructions on dealing with manipulative offenders.
The three-day inquest yesterday heard Hunter’s psychologist described him as hostile towards women, who he would put in a “box” if they went to authorities.
He is serving life in prison for Ms Cafferkey’s murder.
The hearing continues this afternoon.

Killer not thought risk

The Age 10.9.15

The Age 10.9.15

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