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Former prisons boss: ‘The only way he should come out of jail is in a box’


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A former Corrective Services commissioner has slammed the decision to release triple murderer Berwyn Rees from jail.

Ron Woodham retired from the role in 2012 after 46 years working in the prison system.

He tells Ray Hadley Berwyn Rees doesn’t ever deserve freedom.

“I sat on the Release On Licence Board for many years.

“The judge chairing that board regarded Rees as the most dangerous prisoner in NSW, and so did I.

“The only way he should come out through the gates of a jail is in a box.”

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Triple murderer Berwyn Rees has been granted parole after spending just 38 years behind bars.

The man once described as “one of the most cold-blooded killers ever to enter a New South Wales prison”, will be released from jail next month.

In 1977, Rees executed 26-year-old manager Raymond James and 26-year-old Christopher Greenfield in a Bondi Junction gun shop.

He ordered them to lie face down on the ground shot them in the back of the head.

Three years later he murdered Sergeant Keith Haydon in horrific fashion and shot another police officer multiple times in the stomach.

In 1981, he was sentenced to three life sentences for the murders, plus 10 years for the attempted murder.

Ray Hadley has been working with family members of the victims to keep Rees behind bars.

Desperate daughter pleads for serial killer not to be paroled

But, the State Parole Authority (SPA) has ignored those efforts, granting Rees parole this morning.

The 69-year-old will be subject to 15 parole conditions which the SPA claims “will mitigate any potential risks to the safety of the community”.

Tracy James was just two-years-old when her father Raymond was murdered at work.

She tells Ray Hadley Berwyn Rees has never shown any remorse for his crimes.

“I think we’re all in shock.

“As far as I was concerned, when you get three life sentences that means the term of your natural life.”

“You don’t come out. The only time you come out is in a box.”

Click PLAY to hear Tracy’s account of the parole hearing