"It's time to focus on known perpetrators"
Sarah Cafferkey murder: Killer’s case worker thought people could change
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.
“I believe in the programs and hope they help offenders remain offence-free,” Ms Johnstone told a coronial inquest into Ms Cafferkey’s death.
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.
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.
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